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AIPA Session, Momentum for Indonesia Shows Ability to Inspire ASEAN and the World


Jakarta – The 44th Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly is a golden moment for Indonesia to show its ability to inspire ASEAN to the world.

Chair of the Regional Cooperation Desk of the DPR’s Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP), Putu Supadma Rudana said the 44th AIPA Session was a golden momentum for Indonesia.

“The 44th AIPA General Assembly is a momentum for us to show that Indonesia is very capable of leading the region and providing inspiration and motivation for Asean countries,” said Putu at the DPR RI Building, Jakarta.

The theme adopted at the 44th AIPA Session is Responsive Parliament for a Stable and Prosperous ASEAN focusing on the concept of green economy or green economy.

“The world looks at it from the parameter of growth or economic growth. So, what is the role of a more responsive parliament to oversee the stability and prosperity of the Southeast Asian region where the green economy is the main reference. So the Asean parliament certainly has to work more comprehensively together,” he explained.

Furthermore, Putu views that the concept of a green economy is in accordance with the achievement of the SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) regarding humans who do not leave the environment in development.

“First, people (the people) must be seen. How people are actively involved in economic growth, they are not just spectators. Economic growth must be sustainable, always under control, with good growth for all time, no unequal economic growth, sometimes high, sometimes minus. The last point, environmental aspects must be maintained and protected,” he continued.

Putu added that he was confident and optimistic that by bringing this theme Indonesia would become an inspiration for ASEAN to the world.

“If we move fast together, I am very confident and optimistic, ASEAN will become an inspiration for the Asia Pacific region, Europe, Africa and other world regions,” said Putu.

The Chairperson of the DPR RI, Puan Maharani, also conveyed the same thing, that the DPR will continue to push for an increase in the number of quotas for women’s representation in local and national government level positions at the 44th AIPA General Assembly.

“There needs to be awareness of equal access and roles for both men and women. On the basis of the principle of equality, in all areas and levels of public life. Especially in decision-making positions, including in the world of politics,” said Puan.

Meanwhile, DPR RI member Luluk Nur Hamidah said this would be a success for Indonesia if it could push for issues that could intervene to increase women’s representation at the upcoming AIPA Session. This is because democratization in ASEAN can be seen through how much women are represented in parliament or at all levels.

“It is important when we bring this issue to the ASEAN level so that the status of women’s representation in the ASEAN sphere can also be much improved,” he concluded. [*]

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