Officials from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) have completed their one-year training on the fields related to the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) and the ASEAN Socio-cultural Community (ASCC).

The training course was organised by the ASEAN Secretariat with the support from the Japanese Government through the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund.

Addressing at a ceremony to present certificate of the course held at the ASEAN Secretariat headquarters in Jakarta on March 19, Kan Paridh, Permanent Representative of Cambodia to ASEAN and Chair of the Initiative for ASEAN Integration (IAI) Task Force, highly valued efforts of CLMV officials to participate in the training course. He said he hopes the trainees will contribute more to their countries.

“ASEAN Community building is not something to be completed in 2015. It is a process which continues beyond 2015. Thus, it is necessary that young, capable and motivated people like you all will take lead in order for ASEAN to continue developing and become centre of the region in deed as well as in name,” said Japanese Ambassador to ASEAN Koichi Aiboshi.

The IAI was launched in 2000 and its current 2009-2015 Work Plan aims to support ASEAN’s newer member states, Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam, in achieving their commitments to ASEAN Community building, thereby supporting the integration process of the entire ASEAN region.-VNA