Jakarta: Vice President Jusuf Kalla opened the High Level Discussion on Indo-Pacific Cooperation at Fairmont Hotel in Central Jakarta on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.
"Besides strengthening cooperation in the region, Indo-Pacific cooperation should be able to address global issues," said the former Golkar Party chairman.
"In addition to that, Indo-Pacific cooperation should be able to promote Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," he noted.
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The forum is attended by foreign ministers from Australia, Brunei Darussalam, New Zealand, and Indonesia as the host. It is also attended by officials from China, India, Japan, South Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, Thailand, the United States, Russia and the Philippines.
The event aims to strengthen the mechanism of dialogue within the framework of ASEAN. It consists of general debate sessions and thematic discussions.
"The main reason for the convening of this dialogue is two-fold. First, Indonesia is of the view that a renewed cooperation framework amongst countries in the region is crucial in ensuring peace, stability, and mutual prosperity since we face emerging security and economic challenges in the Indo-Pacific region, and in view of the region’s rise as a key geopolitical theatre. Second, as an archipelagic nation that belongs in both oceanic regions, Indonesia envisions a peaceful and prosperous Indo-Pacific region based on mutual trust, respect, and spirit of cooperation," Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said.
For Indonesia, an inclusive and transparent Indo-Pacific cooperation that promotes concrete cooperation would be in perfect alignment with Indonesia’s vision as a Global Maritime Fulcrum. In the Southeast Asian context and as a member of ASEAN our Indo-Pacific initiative reflects Indonesia’s view on how the spirit of Southeast Asia as a Zone of Peace, Freedom and Neutrality can provide a model of framework to address the geopolitical and geo-economic dynamics of the Indian and Pacific oceans region," Retno said.