The International Conference of Asian Political Parties
) is a meeting forum of political parties
, which was initiated by Lakas-CMD
of the Philippines
in September, 2000
. The objectives of the conference were to promote exchanges and cooperation between political parties from different countries in the area and with various ideologies; to enhance mutual understanding and trust among Asian countries; to promote Asia
's regional cooperation through the unique role and channel of political parties.
The 1st ICAPP was held on September 17
, 2000 in Manila
hosted by Lakas-CMD of the Philippines. Delegates
from 46 political parties of 20 Asian countries attended the Conference.
The 2nd ICAPP was held in the city of Bangkok on November 22-24, 2002 by Thai Rak Thai Party, the ruling party of Thailand. Delegates from 76 political parties of 26 countries in the Asia-Pacific region attended the Conference.
The 3rd ICAPP was hosted by the Communist Party of China in Beijing on September 3-5, 2004. Delegates from 82 political parties of 32 countries in the Asia-Pacific region attended the Conference, and four as observers from Germany and South Africa.
The 4th General Assembly of the ICAPP was hosted by the Uri Party in Seoul, Korea from 7 to 10 September 2006.
The 5th General Assembly of the ICAPP is planned to be held in Islamabad, Pakistan, ostensibly hosted by the governing party the Pakistan Peoples Party, from 24 to 26 October 2008.