REPORT OF THE EXECUTIVE COMMISSION WORKING SESSION OF THE 22nd ASIA PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM
1.- WELCOME TO THE 22ND EDITION OF THE ASIA PACIFIC PARLIAMENTARY FORUM TO THE EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE MEMBER COUNTRIES.
Mr. Senator Teófilo Torres Corzo, on behalf of Mr. Senator Raúl Cervantes Andrade, Chairman of the Mexican Senate, and who would arrive in this Session later on, opens the work session welcoming the delegations member of the Executive Committee. He stresses the will of the Mexican Delegation to work arduously and to promote more extensive and better relationships among the participating members of Parliamentary so that “at the end of the 22nd Forum we have become better friends than when we arrived.”
2- RESULTS OF THE FORUM ORGANIZATION
Mr. Senator Torres Corzo describes the organization actions carried out to make the Forum possible. Of particular mention is that there are 334 participants of 33 countries and organizations, and 41 draft Resolution.
3.- TOPICS IN THE AGENDA OF THE ANNUAL MEETING
After his presentation, Mr. Senator Torres Corzo reads the Agenda, inviting the participants to bring up their comments, if any.
The chairman of the New Zealand delegation wants to know how long the participants will have in the working sessions. Mr. Senator Torres Corzo answered that the interventions should last between 5 and 7 minutes.
Concerning the question when the Forum would conclude, he explains that it will end on Wednesday, January 15 at 6:00 p.m. with the Joint Communication execution.
Likewise, some delegations (China, Chile, Indonesia, and Japan) express their best wishes in this Forum, as well as their concern about the possibility that all the stakeholders have the opportunity to participate, considering that a list of interventions has already been determined.
Mr. Senator Torres Corzo explains that in the information meeting with the staffers, the delegations have already been instructed that, even though the program is very busy, participation requests are admitted. The final list of interventions will be delivered to the delegations later on so that the new participants are included, stressing the importance to respect and abide by the time available, in accordance with the procedures established by the APPF.
The topics of the Agenda are approved unanimously.
4- ANNUAL MEETING AGENDA
Mr. Senator Torres Corzo explains that all the delegations have a copy of the current Agenda.
He says that the final version is also included in the Guide of Delegates, which acts as the basis for the work performed.
The Agenda is approved unanimously.
5.-PROPOSALS TO PRESIDE OVER THE PLENARY MEETINGS
Mr. Senator Torres Corzo submits the proposal of the individuals who will preside over the working sessions and request its approval.
It is approved unanimously.
6.- LIST OF DRAFT RESOLUTION RECEIVED
The participants are told that their work binder contains the list of the 41 draft resolutions received. Everybody has a copy of the list, which must be checked to see if none of the projects sent is missing. In a notebook prepared for this Meeting, the copies of each of the draft Resolution are found, with a copy of the last two proposals sent by the Philippines delegation. (See Annex)
The participants are asked to review this list to corroborate that their proposals are included, and that the projects sent have been actually taken into consideration.
No comments are made. Thus, the list of proposals submitted is accepted.
7.-CANDIDACY TO HOLD THE POSITION OF THE DRAFTING COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN
The Chairman of the Executive Committee session submits the candidacy of Mr. Senator Manual Cavazos Lerma to preside over the Drafting Committee of the 22nd APPF.
The proposal is approved unanimously.
8.- VENUE AND DATE OF THE NEXT APPF MEETING
Information is given that the Honorary Chairmanship, in charge of Mr. Senator Nakasone of Japan, has addressed the host country in writing under the following terms: “As was determined in the 20th Annual APPF Meeting held in Tokyo, the host countries, in the original rotation, will repeat the cycle in the next 20 years. Therefore, I would like that this rotation system is added to item 4 of the Agenda so that it is discussed in the Executive Committee meeting and is reconfirmed in the general meeting.”
He also indicates that in the Honorary Presidency document, the following proposal is submitted: “according to what was approved in Tokyo, the countries that have not been hosts but that desire to do so, shall have priority in the rotation, with the regular rotation following the normal order after the country that acts as the host for the first time”.
The Honorary Presidency considers these issues of utmost importance because since the APPF founding, the need to organize the structure of host countries has been stressed so that it can proceed seamlessly and without any problems.
Ms. Deputy María Augusta Calle, chairwoman of the Ecuador delegation, reiterates the interest of the Congress of her country to be the host country for the 23rd APPF meeting to be held at the beginning of 2015.
The Executive Committee members approve the candidacy of Ecuador.
Mr. Senator Torres Corzo states that it will be important that Ecuador communicates as soon as possible the place and date it would propose for the 2015 Forum.
Ms. Deputy Calle replies that she will provide details about her proposal in due time and thanks, on behalf of her country, the candidacy approval.
Mr. Senator Jorge Pizarro, chairman of the Chile delegation, asks to be allowed to speak to explain that the legislative periods of that country consider a recess in their activities at the end of January. Thus, he requests that in the proposal.
The meeting is adjourned at 7:00 p.m. of Sunday, January 12, 2013 in Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico.