Laos prepares for Asean chair 2016

Over 30 ministers and senior officials representing line ministries were convened on Wednesday at a meeting on Laos' preparation for its Asean chairmanship in 2016.

“As the chair of Asean, Laos needs to hold a number of meetings ranging from technical official level, senior official level, Asean ministerial up to Asean Summit,” Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Thongloun Sisoulith.

“To make a preparation, we have assigned ministries with different responsibilities such as Ministry of Foreign Affairs is responsible for logo design, motto. All are expected to be done by the end of this year,”said Mr Thongloun.

According to Article 31 of the Asean Charter, the chairmanship of Asean rotates annually, based on the alphabetical order of the English names of Member States.

A member state assuming the chairmanship is to chair the Asean Summit and related summits, the Asean Coordinating Council, the three Asean Community Councils, relevant Asean Sectoral Ministerial Bodies and senior officials, and the Committee of Permanent Representatives.

Myanmar is the chair of Asean for 2014 and the theme of its Asean chairmanship is “Moving Forward in Unity to a Peaceful and Prosperous Community.”

Myanmar Asean chairmanship was announced at the 23 rd Asean Summit in Brunei on 10 October 2013. Brunei took the chair in 2013.