“We can’t be the loser, we have to be the winner,” said Director General for ASEAN Cooperation MOFA, Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja on improving Indonesia’s competitiveness on the upcoming establishment ASEAN Community 2015. Puja delivered this statement at the Launching Seminar for the ASEAN Study Center in Universitas Indonesia, Depok (22/3/2013)
This event, titled “Indonesia’s Readiness Towards ASEAN Community 2015”, was a collaboration between the MOFA and the Faculty of Social and Political Studies UI.
On the occasion, the Director General for ASEAN Cooperation, Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja and Executive Director of ASEAN Study Center, Edy Prasteyono, Ph.D., had the opportunity of signing a Memorandum of Understanding on Education, Research and Public Service.
In his opening remarks, the Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Studies UI, Bambang Shergi Laksmono shared, “we cannot choose our neighbors, but of course we have to do something strategically.” The Dean hopes that the ASEAN Study Center will produce quality human resource dedicated to perform public services in the future.
The ASEAN Study Center is a part of a series of socialization and outreach programs on the upcoming formation of ASEAN Community 2015. “This seminar aims to prepare the Indonesian people towards the establishment of ASEAN Community 2015”, said the Director General for ASEAN Cooperation.
The ASEAN Study Center in Universitas Indonesia is the third institution produced from a collaboration between the Ministry and a university institution in Indonesia. The Ministry aims for the establishment of eight ASEAN Study Centers in 2013.
The ASEAN Community 2015 is built upon three pillars; Safety Community, Economy and Social Culture. “This seminar aims to empower stakeholders and grassroots in Indonesia with the upcoming ASEAN Community 2015”, stated the Director General.
The ASEAN Community 2015 is inevitable and cannot be avoided. Indonesia and its people have to be ready. In regards to concerns about the invasion of Indonesia’s labor market with the formation of the ASEAN Community, the Director General stated, “Indonesia no longer has the time to be defensive, but rather, should grow to be offensive by improving its competitiveness.”
As a large nation, Indonesia emerges as a natural leader in the ASEAN region. Indonesia is currently the 16th largest economic market and has untapped market opportunities overseas. The Director General hopes the establishment of ASEAN Study Center will produce highly qualified human resources to compete with international players.
As well as the Director General of ASEAN, speakers at the seminar also include the Executive Director of ASEAN Study Center, UI, Edy Prasetyono, Ph.D. and Head of International Relations Department, UI, Evi Fitriani, Ph.D.. While Head of East Asia Cooperation, ASEAN Study Center UI, acted as moderator.
The event was received positively by academics of Universitas Indonesia and as well as the audience. In his closing remarks, the Executive Director of the ASEAN Study Center UI conveyed the University’s enthusiasm to all future cooperation concerning ASEAN, especially with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs RI.
The Launching Seminar was attended by the Director General of ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs RI, Ambassador I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja; Secretary of Directorate General ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs RI, Rahmat Pramono; The Dean of the Faculty of Social and Political Studies, Universitas Indonesia, Prof. Dr. Bambang Shergi Laksmono; Assistant Director II of ASEAN Cooperation Coordination, Coordinating Ministry of Law and Human Rights RI, Dupito Simamora; Director of Information and Media, Ministry of Foreign Affairs RI, P.L.E Priatna; Director of the School of Staff and Leadership of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dr. Pribadi Sutiono; former ASEAN Deputy Secretary General, Ambassador Bagas Hapsoro; representatives for various foreign Embassies in Jakarta; Think Thank representatives; and a range of academics from various universities in Jakarta. (source: Dit. Infomed/Liza)
Fuente: Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Republic of Indonesia / Foto: news.gov.vn /