ASEP9 kicks off at the State Palace
Organized as part of the Asia Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit scheduled on July 15 and 16 in Ulaanbaatar, the 9th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP9) Meeting is commencing today at the Grand Hall of the State Palace of Mongolia, with attendance by nearly 150 delegates from 32 countries.
ASEP9′s attendees include the Speaker of India’s Lok Sabha, the President of the Italian Senate, the Speaker of Thailand, as well as eight vice-chairmen from Australia, Italy, Indonesia, Finland, Hungary, Poland, Vietnam, and Spain, and observers from foreign and domestic organizations.
Z.Enkhbold, Speaker of the Mongolian Parliament and President of the ASEP9 meeting, delivered opening remarks. President Ts.Elbegdorj and President of the Senate of the Italian Republic Pietro Grasso, who was president of the ASEP8 Meeting, will be addressing guests at the opening ceremony.
Chaired by Speaker Z.Enkhbold, the theme of ASEP9’s general discussion is “ASEP’s role and participation in ASEM”. Two panel discussions are being held as part of the meeting. Panel Discussion I is being hosted under theme “Connectivity and Effective Multilateralism”, and Panel Discussion II is titled “Partnership for the Future” with presentations from parliamentary speakers.
Resulting from the meeting’s discussions, an ASEP9 Meeting Declaration will be adopted, which later will be introduced during the 11th ASEM Summit.
Tomorrow, ASEP9 guests will visit the Gobi Cashmere Factory, followed by a trip to Chinggis Khuree Tourist Camp, where they will experience horseback riding and archery. In the evening, a gala concert dedicated to the ASEP9 Meeting participants will be performed at the State Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet.
The 9th Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting is part of the overall Asia-Europe partnership process. It serves as a forum for inter-parliamentary contacts, exchanges, and diplomacy among parliaments, and to promote mutual understanding among the people and countries of Asia and Europe. ASEP meetings shall normally be convened on a regular bi-annual basis alternately in Asia and in Europe before the ASEM Summit, a biennial meeting between the heads of state and government of ASEM member countries, the President of the European Council, the President of the European Commission, and the Secretary-General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
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