Welcome Message of H.E. Mrs. Pany YATHOTOU
President of the National Assembly of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic
With great honor and deep pleasure, on behalf of the National Assembly and people of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR) allow me to extend my heartfelt welcome to distinguished speakers/presidents of ASEP Member Parliaments and fellow parliamentarians heading to Vientiane, the Capital of Lao PDR to attend the Seventh Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership Meeting from 3-4 October 2012.
Since this is the fist-ever experience for the Lao National Assembly to host such important meeting, the National Organizing Committee has done its utmost effort to ensure successful conclusion of the meeting through intensive consultation with the ASEP member Parliaments on crucial issues of our noble mandate as representative body of people of Asia and Europe with long standing and good cooperation for our shared goals. I have firm expectation that the meeting will harvest the best possible result of the two day sitting.
Since its inception in 1996, the ASEP process has contributed parliamentary dimension to the strengthening of friendly relations and intensive cooperation between Parliaments of Asia and Europe in political, social and economic fields in a view to taping up mutual understanding and common interest.
The seventh ASEP meeting will coincide with intensive preparations toward the 9th Asia-Europe Summit Meeting (ASEM) to be held on 5-6 November 2012 in Vientiane Capital. I strongly believe that the outcome of the ASEP meeting will duly enrich the deliberation of ASEM with representative view of peoples of our two continents.
The ASEP-7 will gather the Leaders of ASEP member Parliaments to share their thoughts and exchange views on current regional and global issues of common interest under the theme of “Asia-Europe partnership for sustainable development”.
The Lao PDR highly values the achievement gained by ASEP during the past 16 years. The achievements reflect the determination and commitment of peoples of Asia and Europe to enhance their cooperation and to explore ways and means to alleviate the impact of current challenges faced by the two regions as well as future challenges that may occur.
I firmly believe that the ASEP-7 meeting will be yet another important milestone for ASEP member parliaments to effectively foster cooperation between the two regions.
I look forward to warmly welcoming the Leaders of member Parliaments from Asia and Europe and their delegations to Vientiane and to the Lao People’s Democratic Republic, characterized by its unique historical and cultural heritage.
President of the National Assembly
of the Lao People’s Democratic Republic