The 8th general assembly of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) began today at Nelum Pokuna Mahinda Rajapaksa Theatre this morning with the participation of representatives from political parties throughout Asia.
The four- day conference from September 18- 21 will be held under the theme "Building an Asian Community".
Approximately 100 different political parties from throughout Asia will participate in the conference with the attendance of 189 representatives from 32 countries in Asia.
The ICAPP, launched in Manila Philippines in 2000, brings together competing governing, opposition and independent political parties in Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia, Central Asia, West Asia, Middle East and Oceania.
The conference inter alia aims to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties from different countries in the area and with various ideologies in order to enhance mutual understanding and trust among Asian countries.
The participants will focus on global, economic, social, cultural and political progress of each country.
The invitation to host this year's ICAPP was made in July of last year when the Secretary-General of the ICAPP Standing Committee Mr. Chung Eui-yong met President Rajapaksa.
During this Conference President Rajapaksa will be appointed as the Chairperson of the ICAPP for next 2 years.
The Colombo Declaration will also be adopted and read at the Closing Session of the conference.
Parallel to ICAPP, two sideline meetings - Youth Assembly under the patronage of Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa and a Women's Assembly under the patronage of MP Dr. Sudarshani Fernandopulle will be held.
More than 450 youth members from Divisional Secretariats, Parliament, Youth Parliament and Youth Civil societies' will be attending the Youth Assembly. Women members in Divisional Secretariats, Parliament, Youth Parliament and Youth Civil societies' are expected to attend the Women's Assembly.