Remarks by H.E. Sonexay SIPHANDONE, Prime Minister
of the Lao PDR at the Handover Ceremony
of the ASEAN Chairmanship to the Lao PDR
7 September, 2023, Jakarta, Indonesia
His Excellency Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia
Excellencies, ladies and gentlemen,
First of all, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to President Joko Widodo as well as the Government and people of Indonesia for the successful conclusion of the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits.
We highly commend the achievements under Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship with the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth”.
The Lao PDR is honoured to assume the ASEAN Chairmanship in 2024, and we will build upon the achievements made under Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship and success of ASEAN over the past years. We will focus on further consolidating ASEAN Community by, among others, enhancing connectivity and resilience to seize opportunities and address challenges in a changing geo-political and geo-economic landscape.
To achieve a more connected and resilient ASEAN, we will continue collective efforts in the followings, among others:
The Lao PDR stands ready to work closely with all ASEAN Member States and external partners to ensure the continued strengthening of the ASEAN Community and the success of the Lao PDR’s ASEAN Chairmanship under the theme: “ASEAN: Enhancing Connectivity and Resilience”.
We look forward to warmly welcoming you all to the Lao PDR and to the “Visit Laos Year 2024”.