of Foreign Affairs wants ASEM to bring programs and activities that are more practical and real so that the benefits will be felt
by the diverse stakeholders. This is the reason the
Ministry of Foreign Affairs worked with the
Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia (FISIP UI) to hold the Asia-Europe Meeting
(ASEM) Day at FISIP UI Campus, Depok (13/3).
"Promoting the Role of ASEM in Connecting the Youth of Asia and
Europe", ASEM Day focused on increasing the connectivity of youths in Asia and Europe for the progress on both countries.
“ASEM Day is expected to be able
to increase and become the symbol of connectivity between Asian and European
societies, especially youth,” said the Ambassador Prayono Atiyanto at the
opening of ASEM Day 2017 celebration, representing the Director General for
America and Europe, Ambassador M. Anshor.
that this activity is part of the ASEM Goes to
Campus program, which was initiated by
the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to raise peoples’ awareness of ASEM. ASEM Day celebration was also mandated by the
leaders of ASEM at the ASEM Summit in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, July 2016.
The ASEM Day
celebration consisted of two activities, a cultural and educational exhibition
as well as a talk show. The exhibition was attended by UI and 9 Embassies
of ASEM Partners, which are Spain, Philippines, Ireland, Pakistan, Italy,
Russia, China, India and Japan, and the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF).
the Talk show session, which was the culmination of the
ASEM Day celebration, presented speakers with expertise on ASEM such as the Director of American and European
Intra-Regional and Inter-Regional Cooperation (KSIA Amerop) Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Dewi Gustina Tobing; Director of the Asia-Europe Foundation
(ASEF), Ambassador Karsten Warnecke; EU Ambassador to Indonesia, Ambassador
Vincent Guérend; Head of Miriam Budiardjo Resource Center of University of
Indonesia, Mrs. Evi Fitriani as well as Tempo journalist Mrs. Purwani Dyah Prabandari.
show was held at the Juwono Sudarsono Auditorium. More than 160 participants,
from students and Embassies of ASEM Partners in Jakarta, had an interactive dialogue exploring the Asian and
European youth empowerment and connectivity themes.
“Through this activity, The
participants, especially Indonesian students who attend the event, are expected to
obtain more information about the cooperation
programs within the framework of the ASEM,
notably in the area of youth, that may strengthen the connectivity between Asian and European youth,” said the Director of KSIA Amerop Dewi Gustina Tobing.
Day activity can
be said to have increased the knowledge of the Indonesian youth on Asian and European regional cooperation within the framework of the ASEM. “And awakening the spirit of Indonesian youth to utilize the ASEM
programs for the capacity improvement,” explained Dewi Gustina Tobing.
The Asia-Europe Meeting
(ASEM) is a
cooperation forum of Asian and European countries established in Bangkok
in 1996. ASEM, which consisted of 26 members at the beginning, expanded rapidly to 53 members: 10 ASEAN member countries, 28
European member countries, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Japan, Kazakhstan,
Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Norway, Pakistan, China, Russia, New Zealand,
Switzerland, as well as the ASEAN Secretariat, and European Commission.
plays an active role in ASEM process including in promoting youth cooperation.
This is in line with the policy of Indonesia in empowering youth, with the
great number of working-age population, the young generation is indeed
a valuable and strategic asset for the country.
coordinator for the ASEM Education Secretariat for the period 2013-2017,
Indonesia encourages the ASEM educational
agenda by strengthening educational cooperation between ASEM countries. In
2015, ASEM Forum on Lifelong Learning 2015 was hosted by Indonesia in Bali.
In the list
of Tangible Cooperation Area, Indonesia proposed youth cooperation as an important
to this, Indonesia has
successfully organized the ASEM Youth
Entrepreneurial Meeting: Passion-Preneurs' Challenge Towards 20 Years of ASEM
on October 25-28, 2016. Indonesia wants to gain more supports from other ASEM
countries in bringing the ASEM agenda to advance
youths. (source: KSIA Amerop/Bey/Yo2k)