ASEAN and Partner Countries Senior Officials Discuss Preparations for ASEAN Plus Three, East Asia Summits

"Indonesia appreciates Laos’s “Vientiane Declaration on Promoting Infrastructure Cooperation in East Asia” initiative. This initiative will pave the way for the promotion of economic welfare in the East Asian region as well as efforts to implement one of the priorities of cooperation in EAS, namely the strengthening of ASEAN Connectivity," stated Chairman of SOM ASEAN-Indonesia, Ambassador Jose Tavares in EAS Prep-SOM meeting in Vientiane (12/8).

The ASEAN Plus Three (APT) Meeting and the East Asia Summit (EAS) Preparatory Senior Officials' Meeting (SOM-Prep) are part of a series of Joint Consultation Meetings (JCM) in Vientiane, Laos, on August 12, 2016. At the two meetings in question , ASEAN Member States and Dialogue Partners will discuss preparations for the 19th ASEAN Plus Three Summit and the 11th  East Asia Summit that are part of the 28th and the 29th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits in Vientiane, Laos, on 7 and 8 September 2016.

The APT is composed of ASEAN Member Countries together with Japan, China and Republic of Korea. While EAS consists of the Member States of ASEAN together with Japan, China, Republic of Korea, Australia, New Zealand, India, the United States, and Russia.

Laos spoke on the implementation of the 19th ASEAN Plus Three Summit and the 11th East Asia Summit, such as the tentative programs, the topics to be raised during the summit, as well as the documents that will be generated by the summit.

The topics to be raised at the 19th APT Summit and 11th East Asia Summit among others are: the review and the future directions of cooperation both, exchange of views on regional and international issues, as well as other related issues.

The documents to be adopted at a summit of all 19 APT include the APT Statement on Promoting Sustainable Development Cooperation and APT Statement on Active Ageing. The second statement is expected to contribute significantly to the welfare of the people in East Asia.

While at the summit all 11 of East Asia, the heads of state / governments of the EAS States will endorse several documents, including the Vientiane Declaration on Promoting Infrastructure Development Cooperation in East Asia, as well as the EAS Draft Statement on Strengthening Responses for Migrants and Trafficking in Crisis-in- persons. Each statement is still in the discussion process by the State Party EAS.

The Indonesian delegation was led by the Director General for ASEAN Cooperation as Chairman of ASEAN-Indonesia SOM who was accompanied by the Ambassador / Permanent Representative of Indonesia to ASEAN and the ASEAN Political and Security Director, as well as officials from the Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation, ASEAN PTRI, and the Embassy in Vientiane.