Asian Parliamentary Assembly is not just a symbolic, but also an iconic mark in our economic and trade integration agenda for South Asia, the Middle East, the Central Asia, Africa, and Europe.
Senator Barrister Muhammad Ali Khan Saif representing the Pakistan delegation at 11th Plenary session of Asian Parliamentary Assembly has said that at a time when differences and disparities pose a challenge to Asian unification, regular engagements at APA may not only be symbolic, but also an iconic mark in our economic and trade integration agenda for South Asia, the Middle East, the Central Asia, Africa, and Europe. He observed that the strength of interstate and inter-regional relations that was previously viewed from the lens of political ties only, is now judged on the basis of robust economic and trade linkages and roots.
He made these remarks while addressing the inaugural ceremony of the 11th Plenary of APA on behalf of the Chairman Senate Muhammad Sadiq Sanjrani. It may be noted that the delegation is visiting Istanbul, Turkey in connection with 2nd meeting of the APA Executive Council Meeting and 11th meeting of the APA Plenary session. The delegation comprises of Senators Barrister Muhammad Ali Khan Saif, Nuzhat Sadiq, Mir Kabeer Ahmed Muhammad Shahi, Ahmed Khan, Moula Bux Chandio, Muhammad Ayub Afridi, MNA Chaudhry Salik Hussain, MNA Makhdoom Zain Hussain Qureshi and Secretary Senate Amjed Pervez.
Senator Saif observed that it is reassuring that APA has come a long way towards giving the people of Asia a strong and legitimate forum to jointly address core matters of peace, stability, social cohesion, and economic development. He said that the 11th plenary session follows in quick succession to the historic gathering of APA members at the meetings of Political Affairs Committee and SCCAP in Gwadar, Pakistan, last month.
The meetings of the APA Standing Committee on Political Affairs and Special Committee on Creation of Asian Parliament, as per the main theme of this assembly, “Promoting Economic Prosperity in Asia”, proved path-defining because they crystallized the possibilities of economic cooperation which lies at the very core of modern bilateral and international relations discourse.
He said that by hosting the Political Affairs Committee and SCCAP meetings in Gwadar, Pakistan has shown to the member and observer countries, the engaging opportunities in realising our shared and inclusive Asian prosperity dreams. On behalf of the Chairman Senate he acknowledged and commended Turkey for having maintained the momentum set by Pakistan and then actively pursued by Cambodia in their respective Presidencies towards rejuvenating APA.
Conveying the message of the leadership of Senate of Pakistan, he remarked that APA will have to intensify multilateral cooperation by developing a realistic and time-bound strategic integration paradigm for the region. This is imperative so we can leverage these valued assets to our advantage in negotiating snags and realizing the vast opportunities before us. This forum is in dire need of reformation and structural improvements. This is necessary so as to make it even more potent and conducive a platform for achieving our commonly cherished ideals of Asian century.
The inaugural ceremony of the 11th Plenary was also addressed by Chairman of Parliament of Iran Islamic Republic, Dr. Ali Ardeshirlarijani, Mr. Binali Yildirim, Speaker of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and President of APA, APA Secretary General Dr. Reza Majidi and Head of Turkish APA Group Ms. Asuman Erdogan. The engagements at Turkey will include meeting of Executive Council, adoption of several reports of previous and current meetings, meeting of APA Standing Committee on Social and Cultural Affairs, APA Standing Committee on Political Affairs, APA Standing Committee on Economic Affairs and Sustainable Development, as well as a general debate on promoting economic prosperity in Asia. The engagements will be conclude by adoption of Istanbul Declaration.