Media Advisory : Grand 60th Commemoration of Asian-African Conference planned in Bandung and Jakarta
Sixty years ago on 19 April 1955 Bandung, capital of West Java Province, made world history when leaders from 29 Asian and African emerging countries, most of whom had just gained independence from centuries of colonial rule, gathered to walk together and join hands in the First Asian African Confernece, determined to create their own future.
This year, this historic moment will be celebrated in the 60th Commemoration of the Asian-African Conference which will take place from 19th to 24rd April 2015 both in Bandung and Jakarta, capital city of Indonesia.
At the press conference after a coordinating meeting at the Presidential Palace on Friday, 9thJanuary 2015, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno P Marsudi, stated that the government will invite 109 world leaders and 25 international organizations to participate in this special event. “For this special commemoration, we will present the theme :"Strengthening Cooperation” added Minister Retno.
The series of activities planned for the Commemoration are: official inter-governmental meetings that will take place between 19th to 23rd April in Jakarta as capital city of the Republic of Indonesia, while ceremonial programs and the pinnacle of the Commemoration will take place in Bandung, centered at Gedung Merdeka (the present Asian-African Conference Museum) where the historic Asian-African Conference took place exactly 60 years ago.
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