Laos has completed preparations for the 8th ASEAN Education Ministers’ Meeting (ASED-8), scheduled to take place in Vientiane from September 8-13.

Speaking at a press conference on September 1, Lao Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education and Sport Phankham Viphavanh said the event aims to assess the results of education cooperation and discuss the future course of action for the sector beyond 2015, which will include enhancing the teaching and learning of ASEAN languages in schools.

The ministers will also formulate priorities for the 2016-2020 plan of action.

The meeting is expected to reduce the gap in the development of education and human resources amongst ASEAN member states.

Five related meetings will also be held on the sidelines of ASED-8, including the 3rd ASEAN +3 Education Ministers’ Meeting, the 9th ASEAN Senior Officials’ Meeting on Education (SOM-ED), the 5th ASEAN +3 Senior Officials’ Meeting on Education (SOM-ED+3), the 3rd East Asia Summit Senior Officials’ Meeting on Education (EAS SOM-ED) and the 2nd East Asia Summit Education Ministers’ Meeting (EAS EMM).

Delegates from the 10 ASEAN member states, as well as China, the Republic of Korea, Japan, Australia, India, New Zealand, Russia and the US will participate in the events.-VNA