To end the conference, Ms Gisela Hammerschmidt, Director for Asia at the Germany Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), and the Lao Vice-Minister for Education and Sports Dr Kongsy Sengmany, gave their concluding remarks.
Ms Hammerschmidt highlighted the importance of TVET in the light of the upcoming ASEAN Economic Community and referred to Germany's engagement in supporting the TVET sector: 'BMZ supports bilateral and regional TVET projects in Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam. In our recently published Asian position paper, the BMZ highlighted that TVET is and will be one of the focal sectors of German development cooperation in the region.' She also thanked the Lao counterparts for their hospitality and the conference team for the organisation of the whole event.
Vice-Minister Dr Kongsy Sengmany officially closed the conference by addressing key questions of further development of TVET in ASEAN such as: 'How can we provide TVET to young people as a first choice of education?' He also acknowledged the role of international development partners in this area and especially thanked Germany (more specifically BMZ, KfW and GIZ) for their support of TVET in Lao PDR.
Dr Kongsy Sengmany also announced that an official Joint Conference Statement has been agreed upon. It will be published later on this website.
With announcing the Joint Statement, Vice-Minister Kongsy Sengmany closed the conference and thanked the conference team for the planning and organisation of the conference.