INDONESIA PASSES ASEAN CHAIRMANSHIP BATON TO LAOS
the closing ceremony of the 43rd ASEAN Summit, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo
Thursday (09/07) at the Jakarta Convention Center, Jakarta, officially handed
over the baton of the ASEAN chairmanship to Prime Minister of the Lao People’s
Democratic Republic Sonexay Siphandone, marking the end of Indonesia’s ASEAN
officially close the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits. I invite His
Excellency Sonexay Siphandone, Prime Minister of the Lao People’s Democratic
Republic, to continue the ASEAN chairmanship in 2024,” the President said.
to the President, the three-day ASEAN Summit held from September 5-7, produced
90 documents and several concrete agreements with partner countries.
the series of meetings, he said, the leaders of ASEAN countries, partner
countries, international organizations, and other delegations showed optimism
and positive energy.
responses strengthen hope and spirits to continuously make endeavors to build a
peaceful, stable, and prosperous region,” he stated.
that occasion, the President also expressed his appreciation to all leaders and
guests in attendance at the 12 summits that constituted the 43rd ASEAN Summit
also extended his gratitude to the leaders for their support for Indonesia’s
chairmanship this year.
continue to strengthen collaboration and cooperation for a peaceful and
prosperous ASEAN, and make the world a better place for all,” he emphasized.
the handover of ASEAN’s chairmanship, Indonesia will still continue to fulfill
its responsibilities as the ASEAN Chair until the end of this year before
officially passing the role to Laos next year.
the series of meetings, President Jokowi chaired 12 sessions, including the
43rd ASEAN Summit in plenary and retreat formats, the 26th ASEAN-China Summit,
the 24th ASEAN-Republic of Korea Summit, the 26th ASEAN-Japan Summit, and the
11th ASEAN-United States Summit.
President also chaired the ASEAN-Canada Summit, the 26th ASEAN Plus Three
Summit, the 20th ASEAN-India Summit, the 3rd ASEAN-Australia Summit, the 18th
East Asia Summit, and the 13th ASEAN-United Nations Summit.
from that, the President attended as well several related agendas, including
the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit and the ASEAN-Indo-Pacific Forum
the record, the 43rd ASEAN Summit and Related Summits were also attended by
several leaders of partner countries and international organizations, including
Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau, Premier of the People’s Republic of
China (PRC) Li Qiang, President of the Republic of Korea Yoon Suk Yeol, Prime
Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese,
and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi.
leaders in attendance were Vice President of the United States Kamala Harris,
Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres,
and Prime Minister of Papua New Guinea James Marape.
In this year’s ASEAN Summit, Indonesia also invited President of Bangladesh Mohammed Shahabuddin as Chair of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) and Prime Minister of the Cook Islands Mark Brown as Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF). Their attendance reflected Indonesia’s role as the Chair of ASEAN in promoting inclusive cooperation within the Indo-Pacific region.
Original publication date: 7 September 2023