THE 9th ASIA-EUROPE PARLIAMENTARYPARTNERSHIP(ASEP9) MEETING
Panel Discussion I: Connectivity and Effective Multilateralism
Grand Hall, State Palace, 22 April 2016
Ladies and gentlemen,
Please accept my warm greetings! I am truly moved and inspired to see here our honorable quests who, from their respective seats in different corners of Asia and Europe, genuinely strive to bond our two continents with strong connectivity and productive multilateral activities.
Distinguished colleagues members of parliament,
The days are getting closer when my sunny Mongolia will be hosting in July the 11th ASEM Summit. During this historic event, we will celebrate the ASEMs 20th Anniversary; be freely exchanging our views and positions on the pressing issues of not only our continents but also of the whole world; and, may be, we will make concrete steps to turn the ASEM events into more official meetings with implementation follow-ups. I am very happy to share with you some of my ideas and initiatives when we in Mongolia are doing our utmost and investing our hearts and souls to prepare for the Summit.
Our Panels main topic is Connectivity. We all understand well that whatever we desire and however we strive, our cooperation will not become effective if there is no connectivity between markets, no development of infrastructure, energy, roads and transportation, no connectivity between businesses, trade, finances and economies. Therefore, the word connectivity is the key in our discussion today.
In addition to the visible connectivity (sometimes we call as hard connectivity) among infrastructure, economies and financial institutions, it is welcoming that we have started talking about establishing a progressive network between institutions in order to develop our connectivity in education, culture, science, technology, tourism and security. I want to touch upon only two aspects of such an invisible or as we often refer to as soft connectivity as of no less importance than the hard connectivity.
Let me take you through a brief lyrical and historical journey. When I was thinking of the connectivity while preparing for my presentation, I was told by history that the modern concept of connectivity was first developed and introduced to the humanity by the Mongolians.
It was the words and lines from The Birth of the World History by Okada Hidehiro, a prominent Japanese historian. History is culture he writes. Though both the Mediterranean or European civilization and the Chinese civilization wrote their outstanding histories in the ancient times, those were related to their own lands. Only in the 13th century, when the Mongol Empire was established, these two civilizations not only faced each other for the first time, but also the true world history encompassing the Eurasian landmass was written in the 14th century when the Mongol Empire enjoyed the zenith of its prosperity and development.
The unhindered and fully empowered postal communications system and the first paper money of high trust, stable exchange rate and free convertibility testify once again that the Mongols were the authors and pioneers of the connectivity that we are discussing now at the panel.
Now to my first idea to exchange views with you. It is about electronic (Internet) governance. Asia and Europe occupy a contiguous landmass and therefore are home to many countries. At the same time, our countries suffered from two world wars and even today are not free from international threats of regional conflicts, terrorism, narcotics and human trafficking. Therefore, there is an urgent need to build a governance system for quick and reliable early warning and prevention against such threats. For such an effective system, a productive usage of e- government and internet technology should be applied throughout Eurasia and in all possible forms.
On the other hand, social media has become the most used platform for freedom of opinion and expression. We should take into account the fact that our youth extensively use the social media to communicate with each other in this borderless world.
The youth under 30 constitute over a half of the worlds population. It is natural that we should leave our siblings as human beings and prepare our next generations as civilized human beings. That is why we, the parliamentarians, should pay a special attention to education, wishes, initiatives, jobs and activism of our youth and to creation of such opportunities.
We should open doors for the young people from Asia and Europe to participate freely in exchanges of education, culture and science. This is the most reliable connectivity. Job creation for young people should become an issue of our Eurasian region. No one should forget that the youth are the connectors of connectivity of our two continents.
Another idea connected with the youth is the idea of rejuvenating democracy discussed at the 134th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union.
Replacement of people in politics, enrichment of the political environment with new spirits, application of quota system for your parliamentarians, re-definition of the age limit of young people to enter politics and to be elected, opening of political parties to the young people and lobbying for their support, promotion of young people to the Party leadership, making the youth as role models for others, and other initiatives based on application of modern technologies and promotion of transparency and accountability should become areas of cooperation among us within the ASEP.
It is truly a meaningful fate for us to take the issue of a deepened connectivity of our two continents in the country which was the cradle of connecting Asia and Europe and starting the world history. Not everyone may believe that nothing is lost and everything comes back. However, connectivity and interdependence are never lost and to stay here forever.
I appeal to you to support the proposal to establish a working group of the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership on development of concept of e-governance and adopting the concept later as an official document. We also should establish a working group to develop a practical, multilateral program of assistance and support for the young people at the level of Asia and Europe. We should give them a more positive belief in their future. It is them who will be the reliable connectors between Asia and Europe.
Finally, let me wish you to make the utmost out of your participation, interaction and stay at the ASEP 9.
Thank you for your attention.