The 24th ASEAN Lecture – The Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s ASEAN Chairmanship 2024


The ASEAN Studies Centre at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute is pleased to invite you to the 24th ASEAN Lecture on the Lao People’s Democratic Republic’s ASEAN Chairmanship in 2024. 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. Public interest and international media attention on the Chair country’s plans and priorities for its Chairmanship year is high.

We are honoured to have H.E. Mr Saleumxay Kommasith, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR 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 to deliver Opening Remarks at the event.

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

H.E. 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 organisations issues, Europe-America relations, amongst others. H.E. 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.


This is a hybrid event which will be held at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute (ISEAS).

Attending the Event In-person at ISEAS

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Attending the Event Virtually via Webinar

To join the event virtually at the specified date and time using your internet devices, please register here to receive your unique login link for the webinar via the zoom platform.

If you have questions for the speaker, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Dec 07 2023


10:00 am - 11:00 am


ISEAS Seminar Room 2 / Webinar