The 47th SEAMEO Council Conference, Hanoi, 19 - March 21, 2013


?On 19 – 21March, 2013, Hanoi hosted the the 47thMinisterial Conference on Education in Southeast Asia with the main subject of accelerated education for all, "Lifelong Learning: Vision and Policy" and the steps in building an ASEAN learning society in 2015.

Lifelong learning has focused on a comprehensive learning, including formal education, non-formal and informal, within and outside the school by means of the media, libraries, distance education and online education, information technology and communications and other qualified and supporting facilities.
A total of 200 delegates from 18 countries present at the conference include the President Truong Tan Sang, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan, President of SEAMEO Pehin Abu Bakar, the Minister of Education and Training of Vietnam Pham Luan Hu, and a number of ministers / minister of education of 11 members of SEAMEO including Timor Leste, 8 SEAMEO Associate Member Countries, 3 affiliate members of SEAMEO (International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Tsukuba University, and the British Council)), 20 SEAMEO Regional Centers and development partners, and representatives from UNESCO, UNICEF, ADB. The Indonesian delegation consisted of elements of the Ministry of Education and Culture,  and SEAMEO Center, Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi, chaired by the Vice Minister of Education and Culture, Professor. Dr. Musliar Kasim.
President Truong Tan Sang in the opening speech basically said that the development of education and training in all areas is a key priority in the region; therefore cooperation in all fields with the spirit of "one vision, one characteristic, and one community" should be strengthened. The President said that since Vietnam became members of SEAMEO, 1992, Vietnam has carried out duties with full responsibility, actively contributed in the field of education, science and cultural development in the region. It is asserted that as chairman of the SEAMEO Council for the period of 2013 - 2015, Vietnam will strive to implement the agreements and programs of SEAMEO, in collaboration with SEAMEO members for development and prosperity, peace, stability and development of Asia and the world.
Meanwhile, the President of the SEAMEO Pehin Abu Bakar Apong who is also Minister of Education Brunei Darussalam said that the summit of ministers of education and higher education officials aim to encourage stronger collaboration in education among the countries in Southeast Asia.
At the opening statement agenda, the Vice Minister of Education and Culture of Indonesia stated the efforts of strengthening cooperation and harmonization of six SEAMEO Centres in Indonesia and other SEAMEO member countries to promote the achievement of the ASEAN Community 2015 as stated in the speech of the Minister of Education and Culture of Indonesia at the 1st East Asia Summit Education Ministers Meeting on July 5, 2012 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.
At the conference, it has also been given award to the outstanding staff from each SEAMEO Center. Within the cooperation framework of SEAMEO three countries namely Malaysia-Indonesia-Thailand, it was given anawardto one of the staff at Bina Nusantara University in Jakarta, namely Ms. Laily Alfa Citra.
A number of activities carried out in the conference,  such as legal signatory document SEAMEO Center on Lifelong Learning (CELL SEAMEO), Launch SEAME College, and confirmed Britain became an Associate member of SEAMEO Member Countries.