Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone chaired a meeting attended by senior officials and ministers on Thursday to assess progress in the preparation for Laos’ upcoming chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
During the meeting held at the Prime Minister’s office, Prime Minister Sonexay Siphandone led discussions with deputy prime ministers, ministers, and officials from sub-committees to review the preparations for Laos’ ASEAN Chairmanship and its hosting of the 2024 ASEAN Summit.
The discussion encompassed vital aspects such as the preparation of an agenda, accommodation arrangements, and transportation for the leaders of ASEAN member states and dialogue partners, and their respective delegations.
It also delved into details regarding meeting venues, necessary sound and technical equipment needed for the summit, personnel readiness, and the budget plan. All efforts were focused on ensuring meticulous arrangements for the smooth functioning of the meetings hosted by Laos.
According to Vientiane Times, Laos is primed to assume the ASEAN Chair, taking over from Indonesia, during an official ceremony slated for the 43rd ASEAN Summit and related meetings that will take place in Jakarta, Indonesia from 4-7 September. This will mark Laos’ third time holding the esteemed position, following previous tenures in 2004-05 and 2016.
Prime Minister Sonexay emphasized the need for greater efficiency and attention to detail in the preparations, underscoring the goal of a successful chairmanship for Laos in 2024.
The meeting provided an opportunity for Laos to comprehensively evaluate its readiness to lead ASEAN and ensure a highly organized and productive gathering of member states and dialogue partners. The upcoming 43rd ASEAN Summit is anticipated to foster important discussions on regional issues and cement the role of Laos within the ASEAN community.