President Emphasizes the Importance of Open and Inclusive Economic Development

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After arriving in Da Nang, Vietnam, President Joko Widodo directly attended APEC Business Advisory Council (ABAC) Dialogue and APEC-ASEAN Leaders meeting held on Friday, November 10, 2017 at Furama Resort area, Da Nang, Viet Nam.

In ABAC Dialogue, the President emphasized the importance of open and inclusive economic development to address the problem of inequality that occurs in some countries in the world. Moreover, Indonesia is considered to have successfully implemented an inclusive development system through a number of social protection programs in the country.

"We are considered successful in balancing and combining growth and equity, for example through the Smart Card Indonesia program (KIP), Healthy Indonesia Card (KIS) which is considered to combine growth and distribution, and reduce inequality," said Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs A.M. Fachir after accompanying President Jokowi in the APEC-ASEAN meeting.

In addition, at the first APEC-ASEAN meeting held thanks to the Viet Nam initiative, President Jokowi also expressed the importance of building a solid synergy between APEC and ASEAN member countries.

Indonesia as the founder of both organizations also has an important role in realizing the synergy.

"On the one hand we play a role in shaping ASEAN and APEC, but at the same time its development should also contribute to us nationally," said A.M. Fachir.

According to President Jokowi, the synergy can be realized in a number of cooperation in various fields, ranging from e-commerce, human resource development, to Regional Cooperation in Asia Pacific (RCAP) with Free Trade Area of ​​Asia Pacific (FTAAP).

"ABAC and ASEAN can also help APEC to shape the domestic market intrakawasan so do not depend on other regions," said A.M. Fachir.

Responding to this, some leaders of the country also gave a positive appreciation and view of the message presented by President Jokowi in the forum.

"Australia, especially in terms of trade due to potential ARCEP, will soon be rolled in. If the Free Trade Area of ​​Asia Pacific is still far away," said A.M. Fachir. (R)

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