Jakarta: Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi opened the Indonesia-South Pacific Forum (ISPF) 2019 at Pancasila Building in Central Jakarta on Thursday, March 21, 2019.
"This Indonesia-South Pacific Forum is timely to welcome a new era of partnership," the Indonesian top diplomat said during the opening ceremony of ISPF 2019.
"Entrepreneurship training, establishing new diplomatic relations, easing movement of goods are a few examples of this new era," Retno noted.
The forum aims to strengthen economic cooperation is the region. The Forum also brings together the participation of private sectors from Indonesia and South Pacific countries.
The event was attended by officials from South Pacific countries. Some of the participating countries are Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, Micronesia, Fiji, New Caledonia, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guineea, Tonga and Tuvalu.
Three cooperation agreements were signed on the sidelines of the event. They are the Joint Ministerial Statement on the launching of Preferential Trade Agreement between Indonesia and Papua New Guinea, the Joint Ministerial Statement on the Launch of the Negotiations for Indonesia - Fiji Preferential Trade Agreement and the Memorandum of Understanding between Exim Bank and Audie Building Industry concerning Infrastructure Development in South Pacific Countries.
Indonesia launched the High Level Discussion on Indo-Pacific Cooperation at Fairmont Hotel in Central Jakarta a day earlier. It gathered ministers and officials from all around Indo-Pacific region.
"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," Retno said during the opening ceremony of the high level discussion.
"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 remarked.