Benchmarking Activities of the ASEAN Preparation in Vientiane; How to Face AEC 2015

Last Updated on 13 December 2014

Benchmarking Activities of the ASEAN Preparation in Vientiane; How to Face AEC 2015

   6aBenchmarking activities to Vientiane, Laos was held by the Secretary-General of ASEAN on 10th – 12th December 2014 in a discussion forum with the speakers from Laos party which were the Director of the Research Division of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Deputy Director General of Foreign Trade Policy Department, Ministry of Industry and Trade and Director of Multilateral Cooperation Division of the Ministry of Education and Sports. The discussion forum was also attended by representatives of the Ministry of Planning and Investment, The Ministry of Public Works and Transport, the Embassy of ASEAN in Laos (Brunei, Philippine, Cambodia, Malaysia and Singapore), head of department, students of Phiavat High School, National University of Laos, Lao Youth Union, local media (KPL News), senior officials and staffs of Secretary-General of ASEAN, as well as home staff and local staff of the Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane. The aim of the discussion forum is to see directly, share ideas and experiences with Laos regard to their preparations for the establishment of the ASEAN community by 2015.

   6bIn addition to hold a discussion forum, the team of the Secretary-General of ASEAN also made a visit to the Ministry of Interior, Ministry of Social Affairs and Employment and the Ministry of Information, Culture and Tourism. In a series of meetings, the Director Generals became the representatives of Laos and Indonesia was led by the Secretary General of ASEAN and accompanied by officials / staffs of Secretary-General of ASEAN and the Indonesian Embassy in Vientiane.

   From the results of the discussion forums and meetings with a number of ministries, the government of Laos had prepared several measures to face the ASEAN Community in 2015 which are institutionally preparation, preparation through policy approaches and increase ASEAN correctional strategy. In this regard, Indonesia can take the best practices from Laos to raise the public awareness about the benefits of ASEAN for their lives.

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