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Djauhari Oratmangun: Indonesia needs to make a greater use of ASEAN-Russia partnership

Indonesia needs to harness the potential of the ASEAN-Russia partnership to achieve its objectives and national interests, including in promoting peace, stability, and prosperity in the region. Djauhari Oratmangun made the statements in a roundtable discussion held by the Global Future Institute and International Relations Students Association of National University, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 in Pejaten, Pasar Minggu Jakarta.

The roundtable discussion was held within the framework of the holding of ASEAN-Russia Summit in Sochi, Russia, on 19-20 May 2016 and the launch of the Global Review Quarterly 9th edition with the theme "ASEAN-Russia Partnership Dialogue: A Momentum to build strategies of Counterbalancing among Superpowers in South East Asia.

The discussion was held with the aim to obtain inputs and feedback from the government agencies, research institutions, universities, and so fourth.

According Oratmangun, based on the ASEAN-Russia Eminent Persons Group (AREP) recommendations, there would be efforts to strengthen the ASEAN-Russia partnership in the future, among others : promoting such cooperation as political, security, maritime, counter-terrorism, and drug trafficking. In addition, there would be efforts to to support the ASEAN's efforts in promoting the basic principles and objectives of the Southeast Asia Nuclear Weapons Free Zone (SEANWFZ).

Oratmangun also said there would be efforts to establish many other cooperation between regions, such as the ASEAN Economic Eurosian Union (EAEU), and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). Even, Oratmangun called for the importance of boosting trade and investment cooperation through trade promotion, facilities of MSMEs (Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises), and business mission, including energy and tourism.

In the socio-cultural field, the prospects of cooperation within the framework of the ASEAN-Russia is also quite promising. Including in the fields of youth, education, science and technology, disaster management, environment and transportation.

And last but not least, of course, in the political-security. Because in this sector Indonesia has prioritized more ASEAN-Russia partnerships, among others in the field of counter-terrorism, maritime and regional architecture.

A roundtable discussion was also attended by several speakers representing the relevant ministries. Among other Dara Ysulawati (Directorate General for ASEAN Cooperation), Brigadier General Sunaryo, Director of International Cooperation, Directorate General of Defense Strategy, Ministry of Defence, Junita S Syarief, the head of Europe, Africa, and ASEAN, the Ministry of Trade, Basilio Dias Araujo, Assistant Deputy of Security and Maritime Resilience Ministry of Maritime Affairs. Guspiabari, economic expert of the Center for Indonesian National Policy Studies (CINAPS) and Executive Director of Imagoinvest. Suryo AB, geopolitical lecturer of the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, the Department of International Relations, National University. And Agus al Gafur, expert staff of the Commission I of the House representing Tantowi Yahya. (FSA)

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