« The 43rd summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) commenced on Tuesday in Jakarta with a focus on promoting the region as a centre for economic development. Indonesian President Joko Widodo, the current ASEAN chair, emphasised the need for unity within the organization during the opening ceremony.
»The ASEAN ship is an immense responsibility, entrusted with the well-being of millions who journey together. As leaders of ASEAN, we must steer this vessel through turbulent waters, ensuring its continued progress toward peace, stability, and prosperity, » said Joko Widodo.
This year’s summit, chaired by Indonesia, carries the theme ‘ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth.’ ASEAN data reveals that over the past decade, the region has achieved an average annual economic growth rate of 3.98 per cent, surpassing the global average of 2.6 per cent.
»We are acutely aware of the formidable global challenges we face today, and the pivotal role of ASEAN unity and centrality in addressing them. Our shared objective within ASEAN is crystal clear: to unlock our potential for growth. While this aspiration has been articulated, it necessitates our collective commitment to harder work and greater agility, » expressed Widodo.
»ASEAN calls for a comprehensive, long-term strategic plan aligned with the aspirations of our people, spanning not just the next five years but extending to the horizon of 2045, » he added.
Founded in 1967, ASEAN comprises Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
Leaders from the ten ASEAN member countries, along with other non-ASEAN partners, convened for the 43rd Summit, scheduled from September 5 to 7. »