50 years of ASEAN, a symbol of potential progress in Southeast Asia

The Ambassador of Indonesia to Jordan affirmed ASEAN's commitment to continuously strengthen its cooperation to achieve mutual progress for Southeast Asian countries, and for Jordan. This was conveyed by the Indonesian Ambassador in front of hundreds of guests and invitees at the 50th ASEAN Day ceremony, which took place in King Hussein Cultural Center, in Amman, Jordan.

ASEAN Day is annually commemorated on 8 August to celebrate the establishment of ASEAN. This year, the ASEAN Committee in Amman (ACA) chaired by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Jordan initiated the ASEAN Anniversary celebration with a more lively atmosphere, in line with the momentum of ASEAN golden anniversary which is also celebrated in ASEAN member countries and in many parts of the world.

In his speech, the Ambassador also expressed appreciation for the achievements of ASEAN since its establishment in 1967. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations stood in the midst of an unstable situation in the region, but continues to survive and grow rapidly until today. Indonesian Ambassador said that ASEAN region is currently a very potential area and growing in a good pace. The rapid development of ASEAN especially in the economic field, extends the opportunities for mutual cooperation with its various partners, including Jordan.

On this occassion, the Minister for Tourism and Antiquities and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Jordan also attended the event to congratulate ASEAN for its 50th anniversary. The Government of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan views ASEAN as an important partner in Southeast Asia, and expressed Jordan's desire to enhance cooperation with ASEAN as an organization and bilaterally with its member countries in the future.

The commemoration of ASEAN Day at the King Hussein Cultural Center this year was attended by hundreds of guests and invitees consisting of Representatives of ASEAN member states, Diplomatic Community, representatives of Jordanian Government, and communities from ASEAN countries in Amman. The event was also enlivened with an ASEAN birthday cake cutting ceremony, as well as the performance of traditional dances and songs from ASEAN countries.

The ASEAN Committe in Amman (ACA) is one of the ASEAN Committees in Third Countries and International Organizations (ACTCs) established throughout the world. ACA currently consists of representatives of 5 (five) ASEAN member countries in Jordan, namely Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Currently ACA chairmanship is held by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.