ASIAN AFRICAN CONFERENCE COMMEMORATION 2015
Wednesday, 21 September 2016 07:53

60 years after the first Asian African Conference, leaders of the countries once again gathered for the commemoration in 2015. This is living proof that the Bandung Asian African Conference in 1955 was a very influential step taken by the member countries. The Conference encouraged the development process, democracy and good governance, peace and security, and economic issues for the countries.

Joko Widodo, the President of the Republic of Indonesia at the opening speech of AACC 2015 in Bandung emphasized that Asian African countries need to carry forward the Bandung Spirit, to continue efforts made by their country leaders 60 years ago, and to promote mutual understanding and development agendas of southern countries. This is necessary considering that sixty years after the conference, the world still suffers from poverty, new colonialism, and socio-economic inequality.

 

International conflicts as happening in Palestine, also economic gaps between northern and southern hemispheres (developing countries) are real challenges that need to be addressed by all member countries. Representatives of the Asia Africa leaders acknowledged that the commemoration in 2015, carrying out the theme of “strengthening south-south Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity”, was a good opportunity to forge multilateral cooperation in achieving economic growth, promoting global peace and security, and pursuing a path of sustainable growth.

During the closing ceremony of AACC 2015, President Jokowi also acknowledged three documents as the results of AACC 2015, Bandung Message 2015, new Asian-African strategic Partnership declaration, and Palestine Independence declaration. Bandung Messages consist of targets to be achieved and cooperation plans to be implemented by Asia-Africa countries within democracy, human rights, governance, to un-reformation issue. Jokowi also considered the commemoration to support mutual partnerships as the bridge for the regional development gaps and to realize Palestine’s independence. The conference succeeded in arranging the operational framework mechanism for those three documents to be implemented. Furthermore, Jokowi added the importance of strengthening south-south Cooperation through the technical cooperation development program. Zimbabwean President, Robert Mugabe, agreed on by other representatives, also stated that global economic transformation offers immense opportunities for deeper cooperation between Asian African countries through investment and technology transfers; therefore, south-south and triangular Cooperation (SSTC) becomes one of the most relevant and effective mechanisms to achieve the mutual goals of southern countries.

 

Indonesia has been working closely with southern countries in the development within the framework of Indonesia’s south-south and triangular Cooperation (SSTCC) since the first Asian African Conference in 1955. In accordance with that, the national Coordination team of Indonesia’s SSTC formed in 2010 was responsible for ensuring a better, more integrated, and   more sustainable Indonesia SSTC implementation with mutual benefit. Nowadays, as a new emerging middle-income country, Indonesia has been developing its own expertise and experience in supporting development in other nations. The role and contribution of Indonesia with regard to development has been increasing regionally and globally. Under President Jokowi’s governance, the leadership and role of Indonesia in development cooperation among southern countries has been strengthened. this was stated in the national Medium term development Plan (RPJMN) 20152019 in which shows the commitment of Indonesia to strengthen its role in global and regional forums in order to develop mutual cooperation as the bridge to address the development gap, and specifically to leverage the south-south movement.

 

During the period of AACC 2015, Indonesia’s commitment to prioritize development within the southern countries was strengthened through bilateral meetings with other member countries. One of the meetings was the Japan-Indonesia summit, attended by Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan and Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia. Both countries discussed cooperation opportunities within maritime and economic fields. President Joko Widodo expressed his expectations regarding investment in Indonesia’s projects focusing in the energy and transportation infrastructures and maritime fields. While Prime Minister Abe urged the initiative to increase investment and export promotion. Both leaders also discussed regional and international issues, including the proposal for the United Nations to establish the “World tsunami day”. Both leaders conveyed their roles in this field and agreed to follow-up on these cooperation opportunities. This is in line with the position of Indonesia as a “new emerging Partner in south-south and triangular Cooperation for development”.

 

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