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The 42nd ASEAN Summit Opens, Indonesia Encourages Fast-Growing and Important Economic Regions for the World


West Manggarai – The 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT), is expected to make ASEAN a fast-growing, inclusive, and sustainable and competitive economic region. Making ASEAN important, not only for Indonesia, but also for ASEAN and the world.

President Jokowi said that success will only be achieved if all countries, without exception, are committed, work hard, set aside their differences to produce something concrete and beneficial for the world amidst the various challenges it faces.

According to President Jokowi, ASEAN is still important and relevant for the people, for the region, and for the world and ASEAN will continue to contribute to peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific. In addition, ASEAN will continue to be able to maintain economic growth.

Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno Marsudi said, the ASEAN Chair for 2023 takes the theme ‘ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth’, through ASEAN Matters, Indonesia is determined to make ASEAN remain important and relevant to the people of ASEAN and beyond.

“In this regard, ASEAN’s future must begin to be prepared to welcome ASEAN 2025. ASEAN’s centrality must be strengthened so that it is able to maintain peace, stability, prosperity in Southeast Asia and the Indo-Pacific,” said Foreign Minister Retno.

Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister continued, through the sub-theme ‘Epicentrum of Growth’, Indonesia is determined to continue to make Southeast Asia a center of economic growth, where with ASEAN under the sub-theme ‘Epicentrum of Growth’ some cooperation will be strengthened. Among them, regional food security, energy security, health and financial cooperation.

“Indonesia wants to make ASEAN Resilience and become a barometer of cooperation that can contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the world region,” he said.

On the other hand, the Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto, revealed, President Jokowi believes that by 2045, ASEAN will become a group of countries that are more adaptive, responsive, competitive, in line with ASEAN’s global agenda.

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