The 43rd ASEAN Summit or ASEAN Summit will be officially held at the Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, as of today, 5 to 7 September 2023. A number of country delegates will attend the meeting. In addition, the ASEAN Summit agenda will also discuss a number of agreements. So, what is the ASEAN Summit, and what are the benefits for Indonesia?
What is the ASEAN Summit
The ASEAN Summit or Summit is a high-level meeting of heads of state or government of ASEAN member countries. The event, which is also known as the ASEAN Summit, brings together heads of state or government who act as ASEAN’s highest policy-making body.
The ASEAN Summit is an important forum for discussing strategic issues, regional cooperation and economic development in Southeast Asia. There are eleven member countries in ASEAN present at the ASEAN Summit including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Timor Leste.
History of the ASEAN Summit
The history of the ASEAN Summit began with the founding of the ASEAN organization on August 8, 1967 in Bangkok, Thailand. The five founding countries involved in the formation of ASEAN were Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand. The five countries then signed the Bangkok Declaration.
The formation of ASEAN was motivate by the strong desire of the founders to create a peaceful, safe, stable and prosperous Southeast Asia region. The situation in the region in the 1960s was full of risks of conflict, such as the struggle for ideological influence from big countries, as well as conflicts between countries in the ASEAN region. They recognize that addressing these conflicts is important to maintain regional stability and enable sustainable economic development.
After ASEAN was form, the first ASEAN Summit was on 23-24 February 1976 in Bali. The implementation of the ASEAN Summit in Bali also made Indonesia the host of the ASEAN Summit for the first time. Through this agenda, ASEAN leaders are determine to promote closer economic cooperation from the leaders of ASEAN member countries.
The ASEAN Summit was with the aim of uniting voices and enhancing cooperation among ASEAN member countries.
This event has become an annual event with different hosts to promote peace, stability and prosperity in Southeast Asia. In September 2023, Indonesia will host the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, where ASEAN leaders will discuss developing and strengthening cooperation with external partners. Previously, in May 2023 Indonesia also hosted the 42nd ASEAN Summit. At that time, a series of activities were from 6 to 11 May 2023, in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara.
Benefits of the 43rd ASEAN Summit for Indonesia
President Joko Widodo or Jokowi stated that all agreements reached at the 43rd ASEAN Summit must have a direct impact on the interests of society throughout the region. Jokowi emphasized that this agenda must not only become a conversation between state officials and must create concrete, concrete results.
“Yes, from the start I said that ASEAN is not only talking high, but that it can really benefit the people down to the community,” said Jokowi while reviewing the readiness of JCC Senayan as the main venue for the 43 ASEAN Summit, Friday, September 1, 2023.
In addition, Indonesia’s chairmanship in the 43rd ASEAN Summit is also considere to be able to provide direct benefits for strengthening the national economy.
For example, through visits by delegates from ASEAN member countries, including their partners, to Indonesia.
Quoting the ASEAN Indonesia 2023 website, the estimated potential for foreign exchange earnings during Indonesia’s chairmanship of the ASEAN Summit is around US$ 34 million or around Rp. 481 billion, which comes from various activities that will be in Indonesia.
Previously, the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy / Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency (Menparekraf / Kabaparekraf), Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, explained that the implementation of the 42nd ASEAN Summit 2023 in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) had proven to provide positive impact on the local economy. Destinations are built, MSMEs are empowered, and the event is a strength in itself as a means of promotion to attract tourists to visit,” said Sandiaga in “The Weekly.