Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi announced that 22 countries will participate in the 43rd ASEAN Summit, scheduled for September 9-10, 2023, in Jakarta.
The summit will host leaders from the 10 ASEAN member states alongside their dialogue partners, including China, Japan, South Korea, India, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States.
Retno revealed that the summit's agenda will encompass discussions on various regional and global issues, including the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, maritime security, and the situation in Myanmar.
In a press conference held on Friday (1/9), Retno emphasized that the summit presents an opportunity for ASEAN to strengthen its central role in shaping the regional architecture and addressing common challenges.
Furthermore, the summit will feature the adoption of several crucial documents, such as the ASEAN Comprehensive Recovery Framework, the ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, and the ASEAN Declaration on Human Resources Development for the Changing World of Work.
Additionally, the summit will witness the signing of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), a significant trade agreement involving 15 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.
Retno assured that Indonesia has taken measures to ensure the safety of all participants by implementing stringent health protocols and expressed hope for the summit's success and its positive impact on regional and global peace, stability, and prosperity.