Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum

Presidency of the APPF

The Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) lost its founder and Honorary President with the passing of the Hon Yasuhiro Nakasone on Friday 29 November 2019.

Mr Nakasone facilitated the Presidency of the APPF establishment and development of the APPF and continued to support the organisation for 27 years. He laid the groundwork for the Forum’s underlying principles of commitment to inclusive, constructive and respectful dialogue between parliaments of the Asia-Pacific region.

At the 28th Annual Meeting of the APPF, the Forum extended its sincerest condolences to Japan and the family of Mr Nakasone. It also agreed to consider amendments to the APPF Rules of Procedure to provide for the new role of President, with the objective of having a single President to advocate for and advise the APPF.

The Forum elected the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Parliament of Australia, the Hon Tony Smith MP,  as President of the APPF in the first instance.

Message from the President

Hon. Tony Smith MP, Federal Member for Casey. Victoria. Liberal Party of Australia. Speaker of the House of Represetitives. Official Portrait. 29 July 2019. File NO 201902278. 46th Parliament. Parliament House Canberra. Image David Foote-AUSPIC/DPS.
The Hon Tony Smith MP, President of the APPF and Speaker of the Australian House of Representatives

The APPF provides an important opportunity to influence and shape our region. Identifying and discussing our concerns, challenges, and sharing our successes in an open forum helps to build a strong sense of regional cohesion, understanding and cooperation.

I am honoured to serve as the APPF President and will continue to promote the role of the APPF as an international parliamentary forum.

I am also pleased to announce the establishment of a Secretariat team within the Parliament of Australia, to support my work as President.

The first edition of an APPF newsletter has been developed and is now available. Information about subscribing will also become available shortly.

I look forward to providing further updates to members and steering a path towards the next Annual Meeting, which will be hosted by the Republic of Korea in 2021.

As the APPF community grows, so too does what we can achieve together.


Peter Banson
Program Manager

Alex Cullum

Nichola Leeming
Secretariat Coordinator

Ariel Larkey
Secretariat Officer

Beatrice Duong
Secretariat Officer

Asia Pacific Parliamentary Forum Opening Ceremony in Great Hall.

APPF28 Meeting in Canberra, Australia

At the invitation of the Parliament of Australia, the 28th  Annual Meeting of the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum (APPF) was held in Canberra from 13 to 16 January 2020. Over 350 delegates from nineteen member countries of the APPF and ten observer countries attended the Annual Meeting.

Outcomes from the meeting are available on the APPF28 page.

APPF29 will be hosted by the Republic of Korea in 2021.

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