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Indonesia’s 2023 ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo Successfully Carrying Out an Important Mission


West Manggarai – The 2023 ASEAN Summit held in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, carries an important mission in strengthening partnerships and cooperation in the Southeast Asian region. The event was attended by state leaders and delegates from ten ASEAN member countries.

In his opening speech, President Joko Widodo underlined the importance of collaboration and partnership in facing global challenges, especially in the midst of ongoing uncertainty.

“I’m sure, we all believe ASEAN can, as long as there is one key, unity. With unity, ASEAN will be able to become a central player in bringing peace and growth,” said President Jokowi.

In addition, President Jokowi also highlighted the importance of sustainability efforts in economic growth and development in the ASEAN region. He stressed that ASEAN could strengthen its integration in order to achieve the spirit of the epicentrum of growth.

“We have strong assets as the epicenter of growth, an economy that grows far above the world average, a demographic bonus and regional stability that is maintained,” said President Jokowi.

“So that going forward, ASEAN must further strengthen its economic integration, strengthen inclusive cooperation, including the implementation of the RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership) and strengthen the health architecture of food, energy and financial stability,” Jokowi added.

ASEAN agreed on three important issues at the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo. The first is the protection of migrant workers and victims of human trafficking, the second is related to Myanmar, and the third is related to strengthening economic cooperation.

Through these results, President Joko Widodo emphasized that ASEAN has an important role and is still relevant in dealing with various dynamics of global uncertainty.

“Indonesia wants to see ASEAN as strong, capable of facing challenges, responsive to dynamics, and still holding a central role in the region,” he said.

Indonesia is hosting the 2023 ASEAN Summit since early January 2023 and will last until the end of December 2023. With the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth”, which means that Indonesia wants to make ASEAN remain important and relevant to the ASEAN community and world. The period of Indonesia’s chairmanship in ASEAN itself begins on 1 January 2023 and will last for a year until 31 December 2023.

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