The Conference of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Council (SEAMEO Council), the policy-making body of the Organization, is convened by the Secretariat some time in January through March each year. It may meet in an Extraordinary Session. It is attended by Ministers of Education of Member Countries, representatives of Associate Members, Centre and Network Directors and Coordinators, SEAMEO Secretariat officers, and observers from donor governments, foundations, international organizations and agencies.

The 41st SEAMEO Council Conference was held 22-24 March 2006 in Singapore. Indonesia will host the 42nd SEAMEO Council Conference in early 2007.

The SEAMEO Education Ministers and officials, representatives of Associate Member Countries and partners during the opening of the 41st SEAMEO Council Conference on 22 March 2006 in Singapore.

The High Officials Meeting (HOM) is convened by the SEAMEO Secretariat towards the end of the year, usually in November. The Meeting provides for a cooperative study by the high officials of the Ministries of Education of the SEAMEO Member Countries, representatives of the Associate Members, the Centre Directors, Network Coordinators and the Secretariat of the items to be taken up in the SEAMEO Council Conference. It recommends actions to be taken up by the SEAMEO Council Conference on the items of the agenda. The main purpose of the HOM is to assist the Council in expediting its actions on the agenda items.

Last year’s 28th HOM was held 21-24 November 2005 in Phetchaburi, Thailand. The 29th HOM is tentatively scheduled on 23-24 November 2006 in Bangkok.