24th ASEAN Lecture on Lao ASEAN Chairmanship

SINGAPORE/VIENTIANE – The ASEAN Studies Centre at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute in Singapore invites on Thursday, 7 December 2023 from 10.00 am – 11.00 am local time to the 24th ASEAN   Lecture on the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2024. The Lao PDR takes over the ASEAN Chairmanship under unprecedented challenging times as the region continues to face geopolitical and geo-economic challenges as it creates an inclusive ASEAN Community.

Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR will speak at the Lecture, and Mr Choi Shing Kwok, Director and CEO of the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute and Head of the ASEAN Studies Centre will deliver the Opening Remarks.

The Lecture will be followed by a Q&A discussion moderated by Mr Choi Shing Kwok.

About the Lecture

ASEAN is a fast-growing, diverse but inclusive region. To maintain its trajectory of growth, ASEAN must continue to maintain stability and peace in the region. Lao PDR’s ASEAN Chairmanship theme “ASEAN: Enhancing Connectivity and Resilience” promises to build a more connected and resilient ASEAN, strengthen ASEAN centrality and unity, and develop a regional architecture for stability, peace, and development. Against this backdrop, the Lecture will discuss the priorities of Lao PDR during its Chairmanship in 2024.

About the Speaker

Mr Saleumxay Kommasith is a distinguished career diplomat of the Lao PDR. Currently, he is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs. He has been the Minister of Foreign Affairs since 2016. Prior to that, he held senior appointments in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, covering international organizations issues, Europe-America relations, amongst others. Mr Kommasith served as Permanent Representative of the Lao PDR to the UN, New York in 2012-2014. He received his MA degrees in International Relations from Moscow State University and Monash University, Melbourne, Australia.

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