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Budi Nugroho P.

 

29
April

The development of the Indo-Pacific framework should be based on open, inclusive, transparent principles and promoting cooperation and friendship. The concept of Indo-Pacific cooperation should continue to put forward the centrality of ASEAN. This was conveyed by President Joko Widodo in his speech at the 32nd ASEAN Summit held at The Acacia Room, Shang-La Hotel, Singapore, on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

"ASEAN must continue to play its role including in developing the concept of Indo-Pacific cooperation. The ASEAN Indo-Pacific Concept is crucial for ASEAN to remain relevant, still able to play its centrality and demonstrate ASEAN's ability to manage strategic environmental change, "said the President.

The President said the magnitude of the challenge in the Indo-pacific region. If not well managed, the President said, the situation could disrupt and even undermine the achievements of ASEAN so far.

"For that aside in the Pacific Ocean, ASEAN should be able to contribute in the Indian Ocean. This contribution can only be realized if we keep firmly to the unity and centrality of ASEAN, "he continued.

 The proposed concept of Indo Pacific has been submitted by Indonesia at the meeting of the ASEAN Foreign Minister's Retreat, January 2018. Indonesia has also communicated with several dialogue partners on Indo-Pacific cooperation.

Three Indonesian Proposals

To realize the cooperation of Indo-Pacific President Jokowi proposed three efforts of ASEAN in the future. First, ASEAN should be able to become a motor for the creation of enabling environment.

"We must continue to encourage all partners to respect the international law and norms of developing habit of dialogue, putting forward peaceful dispute resolution avoiding the use of force," he said.

Secondly, ASEAN should be able to utilize various modalities to overcome security challenges, including transnational crimes. Some forms of threats that need attention include radicalism and drug trafficking, TPPO and piracy.

Thirdly, ASEAN must be pro-active in creating a new center of economic growth, particularly in the Indian Ocean. Therefore, the President continues, ASEAN should continue to maintain an open and fair economic system.

"Some areas of cooperation that can be put forward include, in the maritime field, connectivity, and achievement of SDGs. Therefore, business interactions in the Indian Ocean and Pacific region need to be improved, "said the Head of State.

Also present was accompanying President in this event Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Director General of ASEAN Cooperation Jose Antonio Morato Tavares. ( rel ) 

29
April

President Joko Widodo attended the opening ceremony of the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Saturday, April 28, 2018.

"There are several meetings, firstly the opening of the summit itself, the official opening, then ASEAN Leader's Retreat will discuss more about regional issues, international issues," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told journalists on Friday night, April 27, 2018 , at the Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore.

In addition, the President will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The meeting is scheduled to take place after lunch, at the 3rd Bilateral Meeting Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Before returning to Indonesia, the President will first attend the 11th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Meeting at Banyan Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

The meeting was held in order to improve the welfare of the people of the three countries and the region. ( release )

30
April

President Joko Widodo attended the opening ceremony of the 32nd ASEAN Summit in Island Ballroom, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore, Saturday, April 28, 2018.

"There are several meetings, firstly the opening of the summit itself, the official opening, then ASEAN Leader's Retreat will discuss more about regional issues, international issues," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi told journalists on Friday night, April 27, 2018 , at the Shangri-la Hotel, Singapore.

In addition, the President will also hold a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The meeting is scheduled to be held after lunch, at the 3rd Bilateral Meeting Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

30
April

President Joko Widodo  on Saturday asked Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc to immediately wrap up negotiations on the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) between the two neighboring countries. President Joko Widdodo raised the border issue at a bilateral meeting with the Vietnamese Prime Minister on the sidelines of the ASEAN Summit conference being held in this city country. Joko Widodo said a number of the results of the Joint-Council-Bilateral-Cooperation (JCBC) meeting need immediate follow up talks include issue of maritime borders between Indonesia and Vietnam.  Conclusion of the border talks would prevent unnecessary incident and would help promote fishery and maritime cooperation.

Indonesian authorities have detained and exploded a number of foreign fishing boats including Vietnamese fishing vessels caught illegally fishing in Indonesian waters.

"I am confident we could immediately wrap up the negotiation," Jokowi told the Vietnamese leader.

The Indonesian President also said that the drafting of 2019-2023 Action Plan on strategic partnership between the two countries should be finished in November 2018. He expressed appreciation for the agreement to remove bottlenecks that exports of motor vehicles from Indonesia to Vietnam could be normal again soon, and the bilateral trade target of US$10 billion set for 2020 could come to a reality. He said he appreciates support by Vietnam for the initiative on Indo-Pacific cooperation concept proposed by Indonesia at the ASEAN summit meeting.

He took the occasion to convey invitation to the Vietnamese Prime Minister to attend the ASEAN Leaders Gathering to be held in Bali on 11 October 2018. He said he would seriously consider an invitation by Prime Minister Nguyen to attend the World Economic Forum on ASEAN in September 11-13 this year.

"I will seriously consider the invitation," he said.

Accompanying the president at the meeting included Coordinating Minister for Security, law and Political Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Economy Darmin Nasution, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, Chief the Presidential Staff Moeldoko, and Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore I Gede Ngurah Swajaya. ( antara )