ASEM Senior Officials' Meeting (ASEM SOM)
Senior Officials from ASEM partners hold regular meetings for coordination work on ASEM activities. ASEM Senior Officials had met to prepare for the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers' Meeting (FMM12).
During ASEM 10 in Milan (16-17 October 2014), ASEM leaders welcomed the development of the ASEM process and recognised the need to build upon its strengths and accomplishments in order to move the ASEM process forward. Hence, they tasked the ASEM Foreign Ministers and the Senior Officials to submit concrete recommendations on the future direction of ASEM to the next summit which was held in 2016 in Mongolia, marking the 20th anniversary of ASEM.
ASEM Senior Officials also met to discuss the future direction of ASEM and other related ASEM issues in Bangkok on 31 March-1 April 2015 following the ASEM Symposium on the Future Direction of ASEM on 30 March 2015.