Jakarta, 14 September 2011

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Dr Surin Pitsuwan welcomed Mr Latsamy Keomany as the new Permanent Representative of Lao PDR to ASEAN, here this week.

During the presentation of his letter of credentials to Dr Surin, Ambassador Keomany commended Dr Surin’s leadership, saying that it has contributed to the success of ASEAN’s response to regional and international issues. Ambassador Keomany also conveyed Lao PDR’s desire for the ASEAN Secretariat to assist in improving Member States’ capacities in implementing agreed decisions and supporting the country’s efforts in narrowing its development gap.

In a meeting that followed the presentation ceremony, Dr Surin and Ambassador Keomany discussed key issues such as the importance of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity, especially for developing countries in ASEAN, progress on the Initiative for ASEAN Integration, and Lao PDR’s hosting of the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Summit next year.

Dr Surin also said that he would be delighted to assist Lao PDR in improving its capacity by inviting the country to send its officials to the ASEAN Secretariat for training.

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Keomany was the Director-General of Economics Affairs Department in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. He is a recipient of five Labor Medals awarded for the best working performance during his 13 years of service in senior management in international cooperation. In recent years, he was Senior Official Leader of CLV, CLMV, ACMECS, AMED, FEALAC, ACD and ASEM Cooperation Frameworks for Lao PDR — as well as the Council Director of Mekong Institute, Asia-Europe Foundation, and ASEAN-Japan Center for Lao PDR.

In addition to Laotian, Ambassador Keomany also speaks English, Russian, and Thai. He holds two Master degrees, one in International Economics Relations and the other in Business Administration. He is married with two daughters.

According to the ASEAN Charter, each ASEAN Member State shall appoint a Permanent Representative to ASEAN with the rank of Ambassador based in Jakarta. Collectively, the Permanent Representatives constitute the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR), whose tasks include supporting the work of the ASEAN Community Councils and coordinating with ASEAN National Secretariats and other ASEAN Sectoral Ministerial Bodies. The CPR also liaises with the Secretary-General of ASEAN and the ASEAN Secretariat.