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International Association of Administrative Professionals (IAAP) – USA

Founded in 1942, IAAP (formerly known as Professional Secretaries International) is the world’s leading Association of Executive Assistants and Administrative Professionals. Its goal has been to advance the secretarial profession, to provide and initiate opportunities for growth, and to promote the image of the secretary.

The Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professional in Asia Pacific (ASA)

The Association of Secretaries in Asia [ASA] was founded in 1974 by the Philippine Association of Secretaries to provide an opportunity for secretaries in and around Asia to meet and share their knowledge and experience.

At the 13th ASA Congress held in September 2000, the Association’s name was changed to Association of Secretaries and Administrative Professionals in Asia Pacific [ASAPAP].
At present, the following Associations are member of ASAPAP and their date of registration

An ASA Congress is held once every 2 years and it is hosted by one of the member Associations on a rotation basis, according to seniority of their membership in ASA.

The biennial congresses have brought together secretaries and administrative professional of different culture and work environment from all over the Asian region and other regions to upgrade the secretarial and administrative profession.


  • 1st ASA Congress Manila, Philippines 1974 The Role of Secretaries in Asian Progress
  • 2nd ASA Congress Bangkok, Thailand 1976 Enjoy your work by Self Improvement
  • 3rd ASA Congress Singapore 1978 The Secretary in a Modern Era
  • 4th ASA Congress Jakarta, Indonesia 1980 Increase your abilities & Maximise your Contributions
  • 5th ASA Congress Hong Kong 1982 ASA Standard of a Professional Secretary and its recognition
  • 6th ASA Congress Bombay, India 1984 The Personal Secretary Vocation to Profession
  • 7th ASA Congress Kuala Lumpur, 1986 Success Through Professionalism and Malaysia Excellence
  • 8th ASA Congress Taipei, Taiwan, ROC 1988 Moving Ahead in the High-Tech Era
  • 9th ASA Congress Karachi, Pakistan 1990 Secretary – Shadow Boss Prime Mover
  • 10th ASA Congress Tokyo, Japan 1992 People Skills – your personal ladder to success
  • 11th ASA Congress Manila, Philippines 1994 The Professional Secretary into the 21st Century
  • 12thASA Congress Bandar Seri Begawan 1996 Unity Towards Professional Development Brunei
  • 13th ASA Congress Bangkok, Thailand 1998 Meeting the Challenge of Change
  • 14th ASA Congress Colombo, Sri Lanka 2000 Tomorrow Through Today’s Eyes
  • 15th ASA Congress Bandar Seri Begawan 2002 Challenges Brunei
  • 16th ASA Congress Singapore 2004 Strive with Winning Combinations
  • 17th ASA Congress Mumbai, India 2006 Mission Excellence
  • 18th ASA Congress Jakarta, Indonesia 2007 The Art of Leadership Skills for Administrative Professionals
  • 19th ASA Congress Kuala Lumpur 2008 Reinventing… the Way Forward Malaysia
  • 20th ASA Congress Taiwan, ROC 2010 Leaping Forward in the Changing Workplace
  • 21st ASA Congress, Dhaka, Bangladesh 2012 “Striving with Excellence : In League with Technology”
  • 22nd ASA Congress, Karachi, Pakistan 2014 “Standing High in Challenging Times”
  • 23rd ASA Congress, Manila, Philippines 2016 “Today’s Vision – Tomorrows Reality”
  • 24th ASA Congress, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 2018 “Administrative Dynamics – The WOW Factor”