President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana extended a warm welcome to the heads of state and government participating in the 43rd summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in Jakarta. The 43rd ASEAN Summit, hosted by Indonesia and occurring from September 5th to 7th, saw esteemed delegates gathering at the Plenary Hall of the Jakarta Convention Center, the summit’s main venue.
Indonesia’s Global Engagement as ASEAN Host and Chair for 2023
Indonesia, as the host of the summit and the 2023 chair of ASEAN, demonstrated its commitment to broadening the summit’s horizons by inviting President of Bangladesh Mohammed Shahabuddin, who also serves as Chairman of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), and Cook Islands PM Mark Brown, Chairman of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). This global engagement highlights the importance of ASEAN as a regional powerhouse with far-reaching implications.
The Cultural Opening of the 43rd ASEAN Summit
The 43rd ASEAN Summit commenced on a note of unity and cultural celebration. Delegates gathered to sing the ASEAN Anthem, symbolizing their shared commitment to the region’s prosperity and stability. The summit was further enriched by captivating art performances, including those by Aemove Dancer and Gitabumi Voices.
Day One at the Summit: Deliberations and Dialogue
On the first day of the summit, the delegates participated in a plenary session, where they discussed critical regional issues and challenges. The ASEAN-Indo-Pacific Forum (AIPF) meeting provided a platform for exploring the evolving dynamics in the Indo-Pacific region, fostering cooperation, and enhancing regional security. A retreat session allowed leaders to engage in more informal discussions and strengthen personal ties.
Chairmanship Theme: “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth”
This year, Indonesia assumed the chairmanship with the theme “ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth.” This theme underscores Indonesia’s determination to preserve ASEAN’s relevance in the global arena and equip the bloc to face future challenges while promoting regional stability and peace.
Indonesia envisions Southeast Asia as a resilient, adaptive, and inclusive region. By encouraging ASEAN countries to strengthen collaboration, Indonesia aims to retain the region’s position as the world’s center of economic growth. This vision aligns with ASEAN’s commitment to fostering unity and prosperity for its member nations and the broader international community.