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Members of the Standing Committee

Co-Chairmen

Hon. Jose de VENECIA, Jr.

Country : Philippines

  • - Founder of the ICAPP, Co-Chairman of the Standing Committee
  • - Former Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Philippines

Hon. Jose de VENECIA, Jr.

Jose de Venecia Jr., who was elected five times as Speaker of the House of Representatives, unprecedented in the postwar Philippine Congress, has been a journalist, economic counselor, diplomat, peace-maker, political leader, lawmaker and business pioneer in oil exploration, who with others struck the first offshore Philippine oil discoveries, healthcare, agriculture, port operations and construction in the Philippines, the Middle East and North Africa in the 1970s.

He was called the "Centennial Speaker" in 2007, which marked the 100 years anniversary of the Philippine House of Representatives after its founding in 1907. Former U.S. Wall Street Journal Editor Brett Decker, who wrote de Venecia?占퐏 biography ?占폞lobal Filipino,??published in Washington, D.C. by Regnery Publishing, Inc., called him a "trail-blazer for the Philippines, Asia and the world."

A visionary, peace maker, coalition builder, and achiever, de Venecia:

- Conceived and implemented the historic Dollar-Remittance Program that keeps the Philippine economy afloat and which has become a model for the Third World countries with large numbers of overseas workers. It yields the Philippines some US $18-billion a year

- Authored the landmark B-O-T (Build-Operate-Transfer) Law, which raised US $30-billion in projects for the Philippines, at no cost to the government, which has become a model for other developing countries and the formula for "Private-Public Partnerships"

- Authored the Military Bases Conversion Law, which has turned the former American military bases on Luzon Island, the biggest of them being Clark Airfield and Subic Naval Base, into thriving export zones and free ports

- Initiated breakthroughs in the peace accords in the mid-1990s between Muslim (MNLF) Filipino separatist insurgents and between government and military rebels (RAM-YOU)

- Pioneered Filipino projects - oil exploration, port operations, mass housing, agriculture - in the Arab world that led to the employment of millions of Filipinos worldwide

- Founded in Manila in 2000 the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP), now composed of more than 300 ruling and opposition parties from 52 countries, and the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), composed of more than 40 parliaments in Asia, to create the beginnings of an Asian Parliament and help achieve political and economic integration in Asia

- Pushed the Christian-Muslim and Interfaith Dialogues approved by the United Nations to reduce politico-religious tensions and conflicts in various parts of the world and to help prevent the clash of civilizations and religions

- Presented his debt for UN MDGs plan, endorsed by G-77 countries but long pending at the Paris Club, to finance the battle against poverty and climate change amidst the global financial crisis

- Founded the Centrist Asia Pacific Democrats International (CAPDI), the first organization in the Asia Pacific, perhaps in the world, bringing together political parties and key institutions of democratic civil society, people's organizations, think tanks, academe, eminent persons, business leaders, media, women and youth groups

- Founded in 2011 the Asian Peace and Reconciliation Council designed and to assist and advise Asian governments ruling in the aftermath of internal conflicts set off by citizens asserting their political and human rights and to help solve the difficult problem of transition to democracy and the return to popular governance in the wake of the Arab Spring

He is also Co-Chairman of the Beijing-based International Eco-Safety Cooperative Organization (IESCO), focused on the problems of climate change; Co-President, with the French Ambassador to the Philippines, of the French Legion of Honor and National Order of Merit in the Philippines; Chairman-Emeritus of the New York-based Universal Peace Federation; and Member of the Board of the U.S.-based Global Peace Festival Council.

Born in Dagupan City, Philippines on December 26, 1936, he finished high school at De La Salle College, and B.S. Major in Journalism at the Ateneo de Manila. In 1966, at 29, he was appointed Minister and Economic Counselor at the Philippine Embassy in Saigon during the Vietnam War.

He is married to incumbent Congresswoman Georgina P. de Venecia, newly-elected President of the Women Legislators of the House of Representatives, social worker, who founded the Haven for Women, which has treated more than 20,000 abused women, Haven for Street Children, Haven for Senior Citizens abandoned by their families, and the Haven for Mothers who have lost their children. They have six children.

Apart from his continuing Co-Chairmanship of ICAPP and Presidency of CAPDI, he also served as President of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF), President of the Asia Pacific Parliamentary Union (APPU), twice President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), President of the Association of Asian Parliaments for Peace (AAPP), now the Asian Parliamentary Assembly (APA), and First President of CDI Asia Pacific, now CAPDI. He is a Reserve Colonel in the Philippine Army. He has addressed the U.N. General Assembly, Security Council, IMF, World Bank, conferences at the British Parliament, Council of Europe, European Parliament, Italian Parliament, and Japanese Diet.

He has written a book and many pamphlets and articles. He has received foreign decorations - from President Jacques Chirac of France, with the French Legion of Honor, King Juan Carlos of Spain, the California Legislature, the Knights of Rizal, Government of Equatorial Guinea, the Royal Academy of Cambodia and the Royal Order of the Cambodian Sahametrei Grand Cross, and honorary doctorates from universities at home and abroad.

Hon. CHUNG Eui-yong

Country : Korea, Republic of

  • - Co-Chairman of the Standing Committee
  • - Minister of Foreign Affairs
  • - Former Director of National Security, Republic of Korea

Hon. CHUNG Eui-yong

Since February 2007, Ambassador CHUNG Eui-yong is serving as the Co-Chairman of the Standing Committee and the Secretary General of the ICAPP, or International Conference of Asian Political Parties, which represents over 340 political parties in 53 countries in Asia.

After serving in Koreas Foreign Service for more than three decades, Ambassador Chung entered politics, being elected to the 17th Session of Koreas National Assembly in April 2004 for a four year term. During his tenure, he served as Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee of the governing Uri Party, later the Democratic Party, where his responsibilities included marshalling foreign policy consensus within the party and advancing the Partys positions in the Parliament and the Administration. He also represented the Korean National Assembly in various inter-parliamentary conferences, including IPU, APU and other numerous regional and bilateral groupings.

From 2001 to 2004, he served as Ambassador to the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva. In this capacity, he directed and oversaw the activities of more than 30 career diplomats engaged in various multilateral negotiations in Geneva. In June 2003, he was elected President of the Governing Body of the International Labour Organization after serving as its Vice President, representing the interests of the government group within the ILO?占퐏 tripartite structure. He also served as an ex officio member of the World Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, which was co-chaired by the Presidents of Finland and Tanzania. In 2002, Ambassador Chung chaired the Special Session of the Council on International Property Rights at the World Trade Organization, while also serving as the Special Coordinator for the Agenda Review in the Conference on Disarmament.

Prior to Geneva, he was Deputy Minister for Trade, from 1998 to 2001, during which he oversaw the planning of trade policy as well as bilateral and multilateral negotiations. In particular, he was responsible for initiating and conducting negotiations for the Korea Chile Free Trade Agreement. He concurrently served as the head of the Korean delegation to the APEC Senior Officials Meeting. During his brief service as Ambassador to Israel, from 1997 to 1998, he not only strengthened bilateral cooperation on various fields between Korea and Israel, but also initiated Koreas ODA programs for the Palestinian people.

Ambassador Chung served as the Minister for Economic Affairs in Washington, D.C. and Brussels, strengthening Koreas bilateral economic ties with both the U.S. and the European Union. He also contributed to Koreas role in successfully concluding the Uruguay Round negotiations while serving as Director General for International Trade from 1993 to 1995. Before 1993, he held other prominent positions in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, including Ministry Spokesman, Deputy Director General for International Information Analysis, Director of the Trade Policy Division and Assistant to the Foreign Minister, after previously serving at the Korean Embassies in Bangkok, Washington, D.C., and Ottawa. He joined the Foreign Service in late 1971 after three years of military service as a Navy officer.

Born in Seoul, Korea in 1946, Mr. Chung received a B.A. in International Relations from Seoul National University in 1968 and an M.P.A. in International Affairs and Security from Harvard Kennedy School of Government in 1982.

He received Order of Service Merit, Yellow Stripes from the Korean Government in Sep. 2004, Special Citation for Contributions to Parliamentary Diplomacy from the Korean National Assembly in May 2005, and Bernado O Higgins Medal from the Chilean Government in Jan. 2006. He also received Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from the Royal Academy of Cambodia in Dec. 2010.

He is married with Kim Haengsuhn and has two sons and four grandchildren.

Bureau Members

Hon. KHUON Sudary

Country : Cambodia

  • - Vice Chairperson of the ICAPP Standing Committee
  • - Member of Standing Committee of the Cambodian People’s Party and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly

Hon. KHUON Sudary

- Vice Chairperson of the ICAPP Standing Committee
- Member of Standing Committee of the Cambodian People’s Party and Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly

Hon. GUO Yezhou

Country : China

  • - Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee
  • - Vice Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China

Hon. GUO Yezhou

Hon. Mushahid HUSSAIN SAYED

Country : Pakistan

  • - Vice Chairperson and Special Rapporteur of the ICAPP Standing Committee
  • -Chairman of Senate Committee on Defence, Pakistan Muslim League-N

Hon. Mushahid HUSSAIN SAYED

Hon. Andrey KLIMOV

Country : Russia

  • - Vice Chairperson of the ICAPP Standing Committee
  • - Deputy Secretary General of the United Russia Party on International Affairs

Hon. Andrey KLIMOV

Hon. CHO Byung-jae

Country : Z (Korea, Republic of)

  • - Secretary-General of the ICAPP Secretariat and the Coordination Secretariat of the ICAPP- COPPPAL-CAPP
  • - Former Chancellor of Korea National Diplomatic Academy
  • - Former Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Malaysia and Myanmar

Hon. CHO Byung-jae

- Secretary-General of the ICAPP Secretariat and the Coordination Secretariat of the ICAPP- COPPPAL-CAPP
- Former Chancellor of Korea National Diplomatic Academy
- Former Ambassador of Republic of Korea to Malaysia and Myanmar

Members

Liberal Party of Australia

Country : Australia

  • - Liberal Party of Australia

Liberal Party of Australia

- Liberal Party of Australia

National Party of Australia

Country : Australia

  • - National Party of Australia

National Party of Australia

- National Party of Australia

Hon. Ali Javad AHMADOV

Country : Azerbaijan

  • - Deputy Prime Minister
  • - Deputy Chairman of New Azerbaijan Party, Azerbaijan

Hon. Ali Javad AHMADOV

Bangladesh Awami League

Country : Bangladesh

  • Bangladesh Awami League

Bangladesh Awami League

Bangladesh Awami League

Hon. Rahgir Almahe Ershad

Country : Bangladesh

  • - Member of the Standing Committee on Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Bangladesh National Parliament,
  • - Joint Secretary of the Central Committee of the Jatiya Party, Bangladesh

Hon. Rahgir Almahe Ershad

- Member of the Standing Committee on Ministry of Health and Family Welfare in Bangladesh National Parliament,
- Joint Secretary of the Central Committee of the Jatiya Party, Bangladesh

HRH Samdech Krom Preah NORODOM RANARIDDH

Country : Cambodia

  • - Former First Prime Minister
  • - Former Chairman of the National Assembly, Cambodia
  • - Former President of FUNCINPEC Party

HRH Samdech Krom Preah NORODOM RANARIDDH

- Former First Prime Minister
- Former Chairman of the National Assembly, Cambodia
- Former President of FUNCINPEC Party

Bharatiya Janata Party

Country : India

  • Bharatiya Janata Party

Bharatiya Janata Party

Bharatiya Janata Party

Indian National Congress

Country : India

  • Indian National Congress

Indian National Congress

Indian National Congress

Hon. Charles HONORIS

Country : Indonesia

  • -Member of Parliament (Commission 1-Foreign Affairs, Security and Defense)
  • -Deputy Chairman of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Body of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Indonesia

Hon. Charles HONORIS

-Member of Parliament (Commission 1-Foreign Affairs, Security and Defense)
-Deputy Chairman of Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Body of Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), Indonesia

Hon. Theo L. SAMBUAGA

Country : Indonesia

  • - Vice Chairman, Patron Council of the Party of Functional Groups (Golkar: Partai Golongan Karya), Golkar Party
  • - Former Minister of Man Power and former Minister of Housing and Settlement
  • - Former Chairman of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of Indonesian House of Representatives

Hon. Theo L. SAMBUAGA

- Vice Chairman, Patron Council of the Party of Functional Groups (Golkar: Partai Golongan Karya), Golkar Party
- Former Minister of Man Power and former Minister of Housing and Settlement
- Former Chairman of Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee of Indonesian House of Representatives

Hon. Prof. Dr. Hassan Ghafoori FARD

Country : Iran

  • - Founding President, Foundation for Islamic Development
  • - Former Vice President of Iran
  • - Member of the Central Committee of the Islamic Motalefeh Party

Hon. Prof. Dr. Hassan Ghafoori FARD

- Founding President, Foundation for Islamic Development
- Former Vice President of Iran
- Member of the Central Committee of the Islamic Motalefeh Party

Hon. Mohammad Reza Sarmadi

Country : Iran

  • - Deputy Secretary General of International Relations and Member of the Central Committee of Islamic Labour Party

Hon. Mohammad Reza Sarmadi

- Deputy Secretary General of International Relations and Member of the Central Committee of Islamic Labour Party

Democratic Party For the People

Country : Japan

  • Democratic Party For the People

Democratic Party For the People

Democratic Party For the People

Liberal Democratic Party

Country : Japan

  • - Liberal Democratic Party

Liberal Democratic Party

- Liberal Democratic Party

Hon. Bauyrzhan BAIBEK

Country : Kazakhstan

  • - First Deputy Chairman of Nur Otan Party of Kazakhstan

Hon. Bauyrzhan BAIBEK

Hon. CHO Jeong-sik

Country : Korea, Republic of

  • - Science, ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) Broadcasting, Communications Committee, Member of the National Assembly, The Minjoo (Democratic) Party
  • - Chairperson of ICAPP Parliamentarians’ Union

Hon. CHO Jeong-sik

- Science, ICT (Information & Communication Technologies) Broadcasting, Communications Committee, Member of the National Assembly, The Minjoo (Democratic) Party
- Chairperson of ICAPP Parliamentarians’ Union

Hon. HA Tae-keung

Country : Korea, Republic of

  • - National Defense Committee, Member of the National Assembly, People Power Party
  • - Vice Chairperson of ICAPP Parliamentarians’ Union

Hon. HA Tae-keung

- National Defense Committee, Member of the National Assembly, People Power Party
- Vice Chairperson of ICAPP Parliamentarians’ Union

Hon. Fadi FAWAZ

Country : Lebanon

  • - Advisor for Development Affairs to H.E. Saad Hariri, Prime Minister and Chairman of Future Movement Party

Hon. Fadi FAWAZ

- Advisor for Development Affairs to H.E. Saad Hariri, Prime Minister and Chairman of Future Movement Party

Hon. Youssef AWAD

Country : Lebanon

  • - Coordinator for Asia and Overseas, Free Patriotic Movement Party

Hon. Youssef AWAD

Hon. Dato Seri Shahidan bin KASSIM

Country : Malaysia

  • - Member of Parliament, United Malays National Organization (UMNO), Former Minister in the Office of Prime Minister, Malaysia

Hon. Dato Seri Shahidan bin KASSIM

Hon. Datuk CHONG Sin Woon

Country : Malaysia

  • - Secretary-General of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)

Hon. Datuk CHONG Sin Woon

- Secretary-General of Malaysian Chinese Association (MCA)

Hon. Tselmuun MANLAIJAV

Country : Mongolia

  • - Head of Department of International Relations of the Mongolian People’s Party

Hon. Tselmuun MANLAIJAV

- Head of Department of International Relations of the Mongolian People’s Party

Democratic Party

Country : Mongolia

  • - Democratic Party

Democratic Party

- Democratic Party

Hon. U Mahn Jonny

Country : Myanmar

  • - Former Member of Parliament-Pyithuhluttaw
  • - Member of Central Committee, National League for Democracy (NLD),

Hon. U Mahn Jonny

- Former Member of Parliament-Pyithuhluttaw
- Member of Central Committee, National League for Democracy (NLD),

Hon. U Tin Oo LWIN

Country : Myanmar

  • - Member of the Central Committee of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)
  • - Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar

Hon. U Tin Oo LWIN

- Member of the Central Committee of the Union Solidarity and Development Party (USDP)
- Former Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Myanmar

Hon. Sujata KOIRALA

Country : Nepal

  • - Member of Parliament and Member of the Central Committee of the Nepali Congress Party
  • - Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal

Hon. Sujata KOIRALA

- Member of Parliament and Member of the Central Committee of the Nepali Congress Party
- Former Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Nepal

Hon. Dr. Rajan BHATTARAI

Country : Nepal

  • - Chief of the International Department of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML)
  • - Member of the Central Committee of CPN (UML)
  • - Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal

Hon. Dr. Rajan BHATTARAI

- Chief of the International Department of the Communist Party of Nepal (UML)
- Member of the Central Committee of CPN (UML)
- Foreign Policy Advisor to the Prime Minister of Nepal

Hon. Daya GAMAGE

Country : Sri Lanka

  • - Senior Deputy Chairman of the United National Party
  • - Former Minister of Social Empowerment and Primary Industries, Sri Lanka

Hon. Daya GAMAGE

- Senior Deputy Chairman of the United National Party
- Former Minister of Social Empowerment and Primary Industries, Sri Lanka

Hon. Dilan PERERA

Country : Sri Lanka

  • - Member of the Parliament, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)
  • - Former State Minister of Highways

Hon. Dilan PERERA

- Member of the Parliament, Sri Lanka Podujana Peramuna (SLPP)
- Former State Minister of Highways

Hon. Dr. Nalinee TAVESEEN

Country : Thailand

  • - Former Thailand Trade Representative
  • - Former Minister Attached to the Prime Minister's Office

Hon. Dr. Nalinee TAVESEEN

- Former Thailand Trade Representative
- Former Minister Attached to the Prime Minister's Office

Hon. Prakob Chirakiti

Country : Thailand

  • - Former Executive Director of the Democrat Party
  • - Former Member of Parliament

Hon. Prakob Chirakiti

- Former Executive Director of the Democrat Party
- Former Member of Parliament

Hon. Efkan ALA

Country : Turkey

  • - Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Parti)
  • - Chairman for Foreign Affairs of the Party
  • - Member of Parliament for Bursa
  • - Former Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Turkey

Hon. Efkan ALA

- Deputy Chairman of the Justice and Development Party (AK Parti)
- Chairman for Foreign Affairs of the Party
- Member of Parliament for Bursa
- Former Minister of the Interior of the Republic of Turkey

Hon. NGUYEN Thi Hoang Van

Country : Vietnam

  • - Vice Chairperson of the Commission for External Relations of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam

Hon. NGUYEN Thi Hoang Van

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