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Indonesian Diplomacy with a Number of Countries at the ASEAN Summit


West Manggarai – The 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo was opened and will take place from 9 to 11 May. The ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo began to produce various agreements and cooperation both regionally and globally.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi, revealed a number of agendas for the series of the 42nd ASEAN Summit, which have been and are still being held.

“May 8 2023 CPR Meeting (Ambassadors/Deputies of ASEAN) plus Senior Officials Meeting, May 9 2023 Foreign Ministers Meeting, May 10 and 11 42nd ASEAN Summit,” Retno said to the media crew.

Previously, continued Retno, there were also meetings at the three main pillars of ASEAN, namely the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APS), ASEAN Economic Co.

Retno also added that there were eight meetings at this ASEAN Summit. Seven of them are led by Indonesian President Joko Widodo.

“On May 10, there were 5 meetings namely the Summit in the form of a Plenary, Interface with AIPA (Parliament), Interface with Youth, Interface with ABAC (Business), and Interface with HLTF (High-Level Task Force),” he said.

While on May 11, said Retno, there will be 3 meetings, including a summit in the form of a retreat and two sub-regional meetings. The two sub-regional meetings are the Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT GT) which will be attended by the three countries, and the Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth (BIMP-EAGA) which will be chaired by Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Finance, Sri Mulyani, once said that Australia provided support to Indonesia’s chairmanship at the 2023 ASEAN Summit.

“Australia believes that integration is needed between the G20 agenda and the ASEAN agenda to ensure the achievement of goals in the two forums,” said Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani.

Not only Australia, Deputy for the Southeast Asia Division of the Department of Southeast Asian Affairs and Southwest of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Kaneko Kazuya, said that Indonesia is indeed considered capable of leading international forums, especially since Indonesia is one of the dominant countries among ASEAN member countries.

“Indonesia currently occupies the position as the country with the largest economic contribution in ASEAN with the largest population,” said Kaneko Kazuya.

On the other hand, the General Secretary of HIPMI NTT, Wilson Liyanto said that HIPMI was also happy because finally NTT had returned to the world’s attention, at the ASEAN level, namely the 2023 ASEAN Summit.

“The 2023 ASEAN Summit is an event for all ASEAN countries to discuss world political and economic developments,” said Wilson.

According to him, the government’s attention, in this case President Jokowi, to NTT was extraordinary, the impact would be very positive on economic growth and investors attending the ASEAN Summit.

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