Bangkok: Indonesia has invited the United States to establish concrete cooperation in implementing the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.
The document encompasses the four main sectors of maritime, economy, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and connectivity.
The statement was made by Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, who was representing Indonesia at the 7th ASEAN-US Summit in the IMPACT Arena, Nonthaburi, Thailand, on Monday, November 4, 2019.
"We spoke of the US having a financial scheme, through the International Development Finance Corporation, that is used to fund partnerships in the sectors of infrastructure, digital connectivity, and energy in the Indo-Pacific region," Minister Marsudi told reporters after the forum.
Home to a population of 647 million, the ASEAN is the third-largest economy in the Indo-Pacific and the fifth-largest in the global stage.
According to the minister, South-East Asia has better political stability and economic growth, as well as a bigger population belonging to the productive age group, as compared to other regions.
"With such potentials, establishing partnership with the ASEAN would not only be beneficial for the region but also for the US," she remarked.
During the meeting, the Indonesian government expressed hope for the trade war between the US and China to soon be resolved, so as to avoid its impact on nations across the globe.
In the meantime, the US government, represented by the National Security Adviser Robert Charles O'Brien, reiterated the country's commitment to a strategic partnership with the ASEAN and its role in the Indo-Pacific region.
In addition, President Trump extended invitations to leaders of ASEAN countries to attend the ASEAN-US Special Summit, scheduled to take place in the first quarter of 2020. (Antara)