The idea of forming AMED
The idea of forming AMED originated from the visit of Prime Minister of Singapore Goh Chok Tong in 2003/2004 to several Middle East countries. During his visit, there were talks about the need for a forum that can bridge and bring together the Asian region with the Middle East which was seen to be not yet well developed, although the bilateral relations of each country in the region had been established.
The Aims of AMED
AMED aims to:
- Enhance mutual understanding between Asia and the Middle East, both at the people-to-people and Governmental level, and to develop mutually beneficial cooperation between the two regions,
- Produce policy recommendations that could be considered by member states in the political, economic and social field and develop new initiative concepts that can strengthen the relationship between Asia and the Middle East
- Become a platform that can accommodate all voices of moderation when events happening in the world created a polarization of opinion about religion. Thus, AMED is expected to encourage tolerance, inter-faith understanding and dialogue among civilizations.
AMED basic principles
- AMED is inclusive and will focus on positive outcomes for a broader cooperation between Asia and the Middle East. AMED is voluntary, informal and flexible in its working principles.
- AMED will be held based on the basic principles of international law, namely:
- Not intervening in the domestic affairs of each.
- Respect for difference and uniqueness of social and cultural values of each member state.
PTM AMED III
- Thailand was the host of PTM AMED III which took place on 14-16 December 2010. This third PTM was attended by 39 participants from 50 AMED countries.
- In this PTM Indonesia sent six panelists at the existing five panel discussions. This amount is greatest when compared to other countries, including the host (Thailand) who asked for five panelists. Indonesia’s delegation in this meeting is led by Foreign Minister and member elements of the Foreign Ministry, Ministry of Manpower and Transmigration, Ministry Coordinator of Public Welfare, Ministry of Finance, Chamber of Commerce and the Indonesian Banking Development Institute
- Foreign Minister delivered a keynote address at the plenary session of the political and security fields. The point made by Foreign Minister is that AMED has the potential to participate in realizing peace, stability and shared prosperity in the Asia and the Middle East region. AMED can provide added value to the various efforts made at national and regional level in seeking resolution to problems such as terrorism, trafficking in persons, piracy, food security and energy, health, and environment. AMED can serve as a complement to the already existing cooperation such as ASEAN-GCC, Indian Ocean Rim Association for Regional Cooperation, Asia Cooperation Dialogue, and the New Asian African Strategic Partnership, as well as a forum to share experiences and best practices of both regions.
Indonesia’s Role in AMED
- Indonesia as one of the AMED Steering Committee members plays an active role in the preparation and execution of AMED meetings.
- On 15-16 February 2009 in Cairo, Egypt, a High Level Expert Meeting on the Global Financial Crisis was held. From Indonesia Adi Cahyadi, Head Sub-directorate of Cooperation of Bretton-Woods Institutions and WTO, Center for International Cooperation Policy, Fiscal Policy Office Ministry of Finance and Dr. Agusman, Executive Researcher, Bureau of Financial Stability Distribution Directorate of Banking Research and Regulation, Bank Indonesia attended the meeting. Dr. Agusman was a panelist on the topic "Possibilities of Developing the role of international institutions through the modernization of the setting, reviewing and implementing the norms of the International Monitoring".
- Indonesia also attended the workshop titled "Best Practices on Transparency, Integrity and Combating Corruption in the Member States of AMED" in Cairo, Egypt, 6-7 December 2009. On that occasion, Indonesia delivered a presentation that confirms the commitment and determination of Indonesian Government to combat corruption. In addition the duties and functions and authority of the KPK as one of the main institutions that plays a role to tackle corruption in Indonesia were presented as well. Indonesia also highlighted the achievements that have been achieved such as a decrease in corruption perception index released by Transparency International from 2.3 in 2007 to 2.6 in 2008.
- As a form of commitment to Indonesia in 2008/2009 AMED Executive Action Plan, on 16-19 November 2009 in Jakarta, Indonesia Banking Development Institute (LPPI) in cooperation with Bank Indonesia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs organized a Course on Islamic Banking for AMED member countries that was attended by 25 people from 8 countries namely: Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Malaysia, Thailand, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Algeria. A similar event was held in October 2010 which was attended by 25 people from Indonesia, Thailand and Jordan.
AMED Member States
- Brunei Darussalam
- Korea Selatan
- Arab Saudi
- United Arab Emirates
- Sri Lanka