ALA 35th Governing Council Meeting and Meeting of Standing Committees in Singapore (24 August 2013)

Following the successful conclusion of the 11th General Assembly and 34th Governing Council Meeting in Bali in February 2012, the ALA convened at the Marina Bay Sands Convention and Expo Centre in Singapore on 24th August 2013 for its 35th Governing Council Meeting.

214 delegates attended the Meeting. This was the first time in the 34-year history of ALA that all 10 ASEAN states were represented at an ALA Meeting, including 7 Chief Justices of ASEAN. Also noteworthy was the participation of the newly constituted national committee of Myanmar which was formally admitted as the 10th member of the ALA. The Myanmar delegation was led by ALA Myanmar joint Secretary Mdm Htu Htu Ngwe from the Myanmar Attorney-General’s Office.

The Honourable ALA President, Chief Justice Dr Muhammad Hatta Ali of Indonesia chaired the Governing Council Meeting, his first as President of ALA after taking over the helm from Vietnam. The ALA President was ably assisted by ALA Secretary-General Swandy Halim. After the formalities and presentations of reports, the Meeting delved in earnest into the proposals made by past ALA President Mr TPB Menon of Singapore in his paper, “ALA - Catalyst for Change”. After a brief general discussion, the Meeting referred the various proposals in the paper to the ALA Standing Committees for their discussion and recommendations on their respective areas. After reconvening, the Meeting resolved that an ALA Ad Hoc Committee, comprising two senior members from each ALA national committee, would be established to look into the Standing Committees’ recommendations and present their report to the Governing Council. The Governing Council agreed to reconvene in Malaysia for the 36th Governing Council meeting.

As part of the social programme, delegates were treated to a visit to Singapore’s newest horticultural attraction, the picturesque and award-winning Gardens by the Bay, followed by a welcome reception at the spectacular Flower Dome. The accompanying persons programme was a tour of the S.E.A. Aquarium at Marine Life Park at Resorts World Singapore followed by lunch at Salt Grill & Sky Bar at Ion Orchard.


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