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Dec 09, 2014
Hon. Koirala in Colombo to attend the 8th General Assembly of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP)

 17 September 2014

 Colombo, Sri Lanka

 

NC leader Sujata Koirala in Colombo attending ICAPP 8th General Assembly which was inaugurated by the Sri Lankan President Mahindra Rajapaksa on 19th Sept 2014. International Conference of Political Parties 8th General Assembly which was held under the main theme of “Building an Asian Community” was also attended by the President of Maldives Abdulla Yameen, Deputy Prime Minister of Cambodia Sok An, founder of ICAPP and former Philippine’s speaker Jose de Venecia, former Prime Minister of Nepal Jhala Nath Khanal, leader of the opposition and President of United National Party of Sri Lanka Rani Wickremasinghe, Ministers and political leaders of Asia were also present on the occasion. ICAPP is organization of 53 Asian nations consisting over 350 political parties.

 

On her remarks to the general assembly, leader Hon. Sujata Koirala said that “Sri Lanka has achieved the stability and progress under the dynamic leadership of President Rajapaksa. All sources of conflicts and tensions have been finished and with new-found peace, this great country with rich past has been marching on the path of economic growth and development” she further added that “ Asia is rising with a new vibrancy in its socio-economic life which was never seen before. It has become hugely productive and making regular supplies of diverse goods and services to the world market. Investment and trade activities are growing.  New prospects and opportunities have opened up in Asia. China has immensely contributed to this resurgence, China and India’s vast population, with predominance of young people, has become a reservoir of dynamic workforce for the region as well as beyond”.   

 

“I think that more conscious efforts are necessary to elect more women politicians in the Asian political leadership positions. In Nepal, we have around 30 percent women parliamentarians at present as a result of the conscious decision of the State to maintain 33 percent women at every level of governance. This is one of highest record of women politicians elected in parliament in Asia.  The decision of allocating 33 percent seats to women was taken by the Government of Nepal in 2006 when the late G. P. Koirala, my father, was the Prime Minister. I am confident that this growing number of women politicians has changed the political landscape of Nepal and brought in positive impact in the political thinking and its working modalities”.

 

Hon. Sujata Koirala concluded her speech by saying “the rise of Asia means we have more responsibilities to fulfill. In our collective responsibility, nobody should be left behind. The synergy of collective efforts is what Asia should represent. ICAPP can facilitate the building of collective political will needed to lift Asia to a greater height of progress and prosperity in an ambient environment of peace and security”. She further stressed that “Asia is rising with a new vibrancy in its socio-economic life which was never seen before. It has become hugely productive and making regular supplies of diverse goods and services to the world market. Investment and trade activities are growing.  New prospects and opportunities have opened up in Asia. China has immensely contributed to this resurgence, China and India’s vast population, with predominance of young people, has become a reservoir of dynamic workforce for the region as well as beyond”.

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