"Can You Imagine Southeast Asia Without ASEAN?" FM Retno Marsudi

"Can You Imagine Southeast Asia Without ASEAN?" FM Retno Marsudi

In a recent speech, Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi emphasized the critical importance of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in preserving peace and stability in the region, especially during a time marked by crises across the world.

Marsudi's remarks were delivered during the 7th ASEAN Media Forum, and she underscored that the longstanding peace and stability enjoyed by Southeast Asia for over five decades should not be taken for granted.

She expressed, "Can you imagine the Southeast Asia Region without ASEAN? We should be grateful for we have been blessed with peace and stability in the region for more than five decades. I think we shall never take peace for granted. Peace does not fall from the sky. We truly have to maintain it. ASEAN needs to work hard to maintain it, especially now that the world is clearly not okay."

Marsudi also pointed out the challenges faced by ASEAN in the midst of global developments. She mentioned "sharpening major power rivalry, a more divided world, food and energy crises, and continuing wars" as key issues that pose a threat to the region's peace.

Additionally, the Indonesian Foreign Minister lamented the lack of progress in addressing the situation in Myanmar, describing it as "regrettable" due to the limited implementation of the five-point consensus reached by ASEAN members to resolve the crisis.

Emphasizing the imperfections within ASEAN, Marsudi emphasized its crucial role in maintaining peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. Marsudi acknowledged that while stories of peace may not receive as much attention as those of conflict and war, ASEAN's imperfections are often highlighted more prominently than its numerous achievements. Nevertheless, she emphasized, "But one thing is for sure: ASEAN has made significant contributions to peace, stability, and prosperity in the region."

Furthermore, Marsudi highlighted ASEAN's central role in fostering Southeast Asia as a focal point for growth and development. The association's efforts have played a pivotal role in shaping the region's economic growth and development.

In conclusion, Retno Marsudi's remarks underscore the indispensable role of ASEAN in preserving peace and prosperity in Southeast Asia, especially during times of global uncertainty and regional challenges.

Akhyari Hananto

I began my career in the banking industry in 1997, and stayed approx 6 years in it. This industry boost his knowledge about the economic condition in Indonesia, both macro and micro, and how to More understand it. My banking career continued in Yogyakarta when I joined in a program funded by the Asian Development Bank (ADB),as the coordinator for a program aimed to help improve the quality of learning and teaching process in private universities in Yogyakarta. When the earthquake stroke Yogyakarta, I chose to join an international NGO working in the area of ?disaster response and management, which allows me to help rebuild the city, as well as other disaster-stricken area in Indonesia. I went on to become the coordinator for emergency response in the Asia Pacific region. Then I was assigned for 1 year in Cambodia, as a country coordinator mostly to deliver developmental programs (water and sanitation, education, livelihood). In 2009, he continued his career as a protocol and HR officer at the U.S. Consulate General in Surabaya, and two years later I joined the Political and Economic Section until now, where i have to deal with extensive range of people and government officials, as well as private and government institution troughout eastern Indonesia. I am the founder and Editor-in-Chief in Good News From Indonesia (GNFI), a growing and influential social media movement, and was selected as one of The Most Influential Netizen 2011 by The Marketeers magazine. I also wrote a book on "Fundamentals of Disaster Management in 2007"?, "Good News From Indonesia : Beragam Prestasi Anak Bangsa di dunia"? which was luanched in August 2013, and "Indonesia Bersyukur"? which is launched in Sept 2013. In 2014, 3 books were released in which i was one of the writer; "Indonesia Pelangi Dunia"?, "Indonesia The Untold Stories"? and "Growing! Meretas Jalan Kejayaan" I give lectures to students in lectures nationwide, sharing on full range of issues, from economy, to diplomacy Less
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