Seminar on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN “Development of ASEAN Community from Japanese Perspective”

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On 26 July 2017, Seminar on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN “Development of ASEAN Community from Japanese Perspective” was held under the auspices of the Mission of Japan to ASEAN and Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta. Approximately 160 guests including Permanent Representatives and Ambassadors to ASEAN and researchers participated in the seminar.
 
【Keynote Speech】
1 H.E. Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister for National Development Planning (BAPPENAS) of the Republic of Indonesia
- ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) was established at the end of 2015, striving to promote liberalization of not only products but also services, investments and skilled labors in ASEAN.
- Based on the solid Japan-ASEAN economic relations, ASEAN expects stronger cooperation with Japan in various areas such as infrastructural development and improvement of quality of goods.
 
2 Dr. Shinichi Kitaoka, President of Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
- During the World War II, Japan inflicted damage and suffering in Southeast Asia. With deep remorse, Japan has consistently contributed to the peace and prosperity of this region.
- JICA intends to offer its full support to address challenges such as fostering healthy middle class, reducing disparities in the region, enhancing ASEAN connectivity, addressing development financial gap and overcoming the middle income trap.
- Development challenge that ASEAN faces has become more complex and interrelated. JICA is ready to provide its knowledge and expertise to deal with them through promoting high quality infrastructure, human resource development, and knowledge sharing.
- It is important that ASEAN develops into a regional community that upholds universal values and supports international order while maintaining its integrity as a free and open region.
*Full statement is here.
 
【Session1 : ASEAN Economic Development】
1 H.E. Mari Elka Pangestu, Member of the Board of Trustees of the CSIS Foundation, Former Minister of Trade and Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia
2 Dr. Ponciano S. Intal, Jr., Senior Economist, Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
3 H.E. Armida Alisjahbana, Professor of Economics of the Padjadjaran University and Former State Minister for National Development Planning of the Republic of Indonesia
 
【Session2 : Socio-Political and Security Agenda】
1 Jose Antonio Morato Tavares, Director-General for ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
2 Dr. Shafiah Fifi Muhibat, Senior Fellow, S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) Singapore