Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo joined the 36th ASEAN Summit via teleconference from the Bogor Presidential Palace, Bogor City, West Java Province on Friday.
During the opening ceremony, the president was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Cultural affairs Muhadjir Effendy, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.
During the plenary session, ASEAN leaders discussed a wide range of issues, especially the impacts of the ongoing covid-19 pandemic.
"I understand that some of us, including Indonesia, have started bilateral talks both with fellow ASEAN countries and with countries outside ASEAN regarding travel corridors. However, it is time for ASEAN, as a community, to think about an ASEAN travel corridor," President Jokowi was quoted in a press release issued by the Presidential Press, Media and Information Bureau.
According to the president, the proposed ASEAN travel corridor is expected to accelerate economic recovery in the region and strengthen solidarity between ASEAN member countries.
Besides the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, President Jokowi also talked about the planned signing of Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The economic agreement is expected to be signed this year. RCEP should be a new force for economic recovery and resilience in the region.