Initiative for ASEAN Integration Task Force holds 70th meeting. (Photo: asean.org)

Chaired by Permanent Representative of Laos to ASEAN Ambassador Bovonethat Douangchak, the meeting discussed the implementation of projects under the IAI Work Plan IV (2021-2025), final assessment of the Outcome Metrics of the previous Work Plan III, and the findings of the Follow-Up Monitor of the ASEAN Framework for Equitable Economic Development (AFEED).

Participants also accredited seven new IAI projects.

The IAI Task Force provides overall leadership and direction for the IAI and undertakes regular reviews to ensure effective implementation of the IAI Work Plan.

The IAI was launched by ASEAN countries in 2000 with a view to narrowing the development gap among member states and assisting the four latest members, namely Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, and Vietnam, to fully integrate into the regional economy.

Founded on August 8, 1967, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Source: VNA