1. The Ninth ASEAN Ministers Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (9th AMRDPE) was held on 17 October 2015 in Vientiane, Lao PDR and preceded by the Twelfth ASEAN Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (12th SOMRDPE) on 13-14 October 2015; Eighth ASEAN Plus Three Senior Officials Meeting on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication (8th SOMRDPE+3) on 14 October 2015; and the Fourth ASEAN Forum on Rural Development and Poverty Eradication on 15 October 2015. The 9th AMRDPE adopted the theme “Public, Private and People Partnerships (4Ps) for the Post-2015 Sustainable Development in ASEAN”.

2. The 9th AMRDPE was opened by H.E. Somsanith SOUVANNALATH, Vice Minister to the Government’s Office and Vice Chair of the National Committee for Rural Development and Poverty Eradication of Lao PDR. In the Opening Remarks, H.E. Somsanith SOUVANNALATH congratulated the outgoing Chair from the Indonesia for the effective leadership during his term highlighting the key accomplishments of the sector along rural development and poverty eradication. H.E. Somsanith SOUVANNALATH enjoined the support and continued cooperation of the ASEAN Member States in furthering the work in line with the ASEAN Community Vision and ASCC Blueprint 2025 and post-2015 priorities for the rural development and poverty eradication.

3. The 9th AMRDPE was attended by the ASEAN Ministers responsible for rural development and poverty eradication or their representatives. The Secretary-General of ASEAN was also in attendance. The list of the Ministers or their representatives is enclosed.

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