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The 43rd ASEAN Summit, Jokowi Invites ASEAN Countries to Strengthen Strategic Cooperation


Jakarta – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) will chair 12 meetings at the 43rd ASEAN Summit (KTT) which will take place at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC) on 5-7 September 2023.

This was stated by the Director General of ASEAN Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Kemlu), Sidharto R Suryodipuro.

“There are 12 meetings that will be chaired by the President including the 43rd ASEAN Summit in plenary format, the 43rd ASEAN Summit in a retreat format, the 26th ASEAN-China Summit, and the 24th ASEAN-South Korean Summit,” he said.

A number of international institutions will attend the meeting. The plan, the 43rd Summit will invite the IMF and World Bank as well as several other world organizations.

President Jokowi is also scheduled to lead a number of non-trial events, such as the opening of the 43rd ASEAN Summit, the opening of the ASEAN-Indo-Pacific Forum, a gala dinner, social events, as well as the closing ceremony and the handover of the ASEAN chairmanship to Laos.

It is scheduled that the ASEAN Summit in plenary and retreat format will be held on September 5, 2023. Furthermore, there will be a Summit between ASEAN and partner countries which will last until September 7, 2023.

Sidharta explained that the ASEAN Summit which was held was expected to be a foundation for working together to achieve the ASEAN Vision in 2045.

“But the point is that the goals to be expected are to strengthen the achievement and foundation of the ASEAN 2045 vision. Apart from that, strengthening ASEAN institutions both in terms of making decisions that are more effective and efficient to matters of organizational substance,” said Sidharta.

Sidhartha continued, Indonesia is focused on laying the foundation for strategic cooperation with ASEAN countries in the future.

“Next is how to determine the regional agenda in the future, be it trade, investment, digitalization, blue economy as a new source of growth. And of course the role of the Indo-Pacific outlook. How do we manifest all of this in the context of economy and development,” he said.

Whereas in the case of Myanmar, ASEAN countries agreed not to tolerate the destruction of human values. Not only that, ASEAN also agreed to engage with all stakeholders under the five-point consensus mandate.

“Inclusivity must be firmly held by ASEAN because ASEAN’s credibility is at stake,” said Sidharta.

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