Celebrating 40 years


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.

- Philippine Association of Secretaries [February 1974]
- The Women Secretaries Association of Thailand [February 1974]
- Ikatan Sekretaries Indonesia [June 1974]
- Hong Kong Association of Secretaries & Administrative Professionals Ltd [August 1974]
- Singapore Association of Personal & Executive Secretaries [January 1974]
- National Institute of Professional Secretaries, India [April 1974]
- Malaysian Association of Professional Secretaries & Administrators [November 1975]
- The Professional Secretaries Association of the Republic of China [May 1980]
- Distinguished Secretaries’ Society of Pakistan [March 1982]
- The Japan Secretaries Association [March 1982]
- Sri Lanka Association of Administrative & Professional Secretaries [May 1990]
- Brunei Society of Secretaries [1991]
- Association of Administrative Professionals NZ [1997]
- West New Britain Association of Secretaries Papua New Guinea [September 2000]
- Professional Secretaries’ Welfare Association Bangladesh [September 2000]
- Australian Institute of Office Professionals [September 2000]
- Papua New Guinea Association of Administrative Professionals [September 2012]

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"