Yogyakarta to Host ASEAN High Officials Meetings

07 March, 2011 | Source: Kompas Online

Yogyakarta is to host ASEAN high officials meetings to prepare a summit in Jakarta on May 7 and 8.

"Yogyakarta is seen as already set to host the meeting, to promote tourism in Yogyakarta," ASEAN cooperation director general of the Foreign Ministry Djauhari Oratmangun said here Sunday.

He said the Yogyakarta meeting is part of Indonesia’s position as ASEAN 2011 chairman and there are actually still more than 100 ASEAN heads of state and government, ministerial, senior officials, and working group meetings.

The meetings to prepare the 18th ASEAN Summit will be attended by all the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM), Senior Economic Officials Meeting (SEOM), and Senior Officials Committee for the ASCC Council (SOCA) Meetings, and the Deputy Secretary General and ASEAN permanent representatives in Jakarta.

"Three main pillars will be taken up in the Yogyakarta meeting, namely politics and security, economy and social cultural sectors," he said.

The heads of SOM, SEOM, and SOCA, Djauhari said, will later discuss matters related to substantial preparations relating to the final documents of the 18th ASEAN Summit and the relevant logistic technical preparations.

"In the meetings the delegations are expected to give significant inputs to the ministers of the three pillars as the major purpose is to realize an ASEAN Community in 2015," he said.

For instance, he said, the blue print of commitment of each of the three countries relating to the three pillars that had been discussed. Djauhari hoped the meeting will run smoothly until the implementation of the ASEAN Summit and the heads of state from each of the ASEAN member countries could concentrate better on strategic issues in the next Summit.

On the sidelines of the various meetings an outreach programme will also be carried out in the form of the planing of trees by the senior officials and a general lecture at the University of Gadjah Mada (UGM) by the SOM leaders of Indonesia, Cambodia and Vietnam.
 

 

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