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Lao Prime Minister to Attend 42nd ASEAN Summit in Indonesia This Month

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Prime Minister of Laos Sonexay Siphandone and his delegation will attend the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Indonesia, scheduled to take place on May 9-11.

Laos’ Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone will be visiting Labuan Bajo, a fishing town located at the western end of the large island of Flores in the Nusa Tenggara region of east Indonesia, where the 2023 ASEAN Summit is slated to take place.

During the summit, he will participate in several important meetings, including those between ASEAN leaders and representatives of ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly(AIPA), ASEAN Youth Organization, ASEAN Business Advisory Council, and a high-level task force discussing the ASEAN post-2025 vision.

This year’s summit will also focus on strengthening ASEAN capacity, approving Timor-Leste’s full membership as an ASEAN member nation, combating human trafficking, and protecting fishing workers.

According to the Indonesian magazine Tempo, the annual event will also see discussions on the health sector, village networks, electric vehicle ecosystems, and payment connectivity in the region.

Former Indonesian Attorney-General and Co-Founder of the Special Advisory Council for Myanmar, Marzuki Darusman, stated that the summit was the appropriate time to evaluate the five points of consensus produced by this Southeast Asian bloc institution to resolve the crisis in Myanmar.

Former Lao Prime Minister Phanhkham Viphavanh participated in the 40th and 41st ASEAN and Related Summits in November 2022 in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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