The SEAMEO Council Conference is the summit of all SEAMEO meetings. It is the assembly of the SEAMEO Council which is the Organization’s governing body and comprises the 11 Ministers of Education of the SEAMEO Member Countries. The SEAMEO Council determines the general policies and strategic directions of the Organization.
Through the years since the establishment of SEAMEO in 1965, the SEAMEO Council Conference has been the highest level of all SEAMEO meetings where the SEAMEO Council sets the directions of programmes and projects of SEAMEO and its units such as the SEAMEO Regional Centres and the SEAMEO Secretariat.
From 1965 to 2010, the SEAMEO Council Conference was held annually. In January 2011, the 46th SEAMEO Council Conference endorsed that from 2011 onwards, the Presidency of the SEAMEO Council would extend from a one-year to a two-year term period. As a consequence, the SEAMEO Council Conference would be held every two years with the conduct of the ASEAN Education Ministers Meeting in the intervening year.
The SEAMEO Council Conference is hosted by the Member Countries on a rotation basis.
The 49th SEAMEO Council Conference will be held on 24-27 July 2017 at Hotel Mulia Senayan, Jakarta, Indonesia. This is the eight times Indonesia hosts the event, which is a ministerial-level forum to discuss initiatives and policies of the region and set out the direction for implementing the programmes and projects of the Southeast Asian Minister of Education Organisation (SEAMEO).
The 49th Conference of the SEAMEO Council (SEAMEC) will be attended by Education Ministers of the eleven SEAMEO Member Countries: Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR., Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Timor Leste and Vietnam.
Representatives from eight SEAMEO Associate Member Countries: Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, New Zealand, Spain and United Kingdom (UK); three Affiliate Members: the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE), Tsukuba University, the British Council, and China Education Association for International Exchange (CEAIE); and twenty one SEAMEO Regional Network and Centres are also invited to participate in the Conference. Regional and International Organizations will also be invited to attend the Conference.
The Minister of Ministry of Education and Culture, Indonesia, will serve as President of SEAMEO council in the 2017-2019 period.