"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
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
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
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.