Sabtu, 19 November 2011

The President of Indonesia Chairs the East Asia Summit

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono,accompanied by Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa, chaired the 6th EastAsia Summit to discuss four major issue in Nusantara 1-2 of BaliInternational Convention Centre (BICC) in Nusa Dua, Bali, Saturday(19/11).

In his opening speech, the president said that one of the four majorissues was about a joint effort to strengtheni the East Asia regionaleconomy. The main issue has to do with efforts designed to build afoundation and real-action in improving the security of food, energy, andwater as well as climate change.
Besides, other issues of non-traditional threats are also discussed suchas natural disasters, terrorism, and transnational crime as well asmaintaining peace and stability in the region which will serve asprerequisites for the progress of the nations in the East Asian Region.

Potentials and opportunities of an open economy cooperation with countrieslike PRC, Japan, and India were also discussed. “It is expected themeeting will open an economy opportunity in East Asia which continues togrow just like that in Russia and New Zealand, so that it can be a part ofbetter global economic and non economic growth,” he stated.

Yudhoyono further stressed that ASEAN states were facing challenges as animpact of crisis in the Euro Zone allegedly perceived to have createddifficulties and uncertainties for the world economy. While the crisis isstill underway, other non-economy but actual issues concerning food,water and energy security, climate change, political and social impacts ofrevolution in the information technology also came up to surface.

“Geopolitical development relating to geo-economy often creates tension inmany regions of the world. At the same time, we also face domestic issuesin our own country,” he elaborated.
Therefore, the short-term and mid-term objectives of the East Asian Summitare to make a contribution to the world’s economic recovery as well as toencourage economic growth in the region.

According to him, mid-term and long-term of East Asia has the task toimprove global economy as a whole. The G-20 framework can be used as aplatform, so that there will be a cooperation framework in the future bytaking real steps to address various fundamental issues such as food andwater availability and energy security.

If cooperation is only based on the interest of each country, all thesefundamental issues cannot be addressed. It can even create tensions whichwill not be in favor of the world.
“Future cooperation has to be holistic, not partial, and sincere at theworld and regional levels and it has to cover cooperation in economy,politics, technology, security and humanitarian through real actions,” hefurther stated. (MC ASEAN/juliyah/dry)

Sumber: ASEAN Summit

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