Indonesia: Promoting Security for Sustainable Growth and Prosperity in Asia Pacific

10 April 2018 160 Views

The issue of terrorism poses a direct threat to APEC's (Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation) vision of a secure, open and prosperous region, particularly for Indonesia. Therefore, APEC Economies agreed to promote capacity building activities in pursuit of securing sustainable growth, security, and prosperity in the region as reflected in the APEC Leaders’ Declaration of 2001. Since then, the commitment to undertake individual and joint actions to counter terrorism have been reflected in most annual APEC Leaders' Declaration.

As one of the founding members of APEC, Indonesia was one of the early initiators in APEC to propose cooperation on counter-terrorism. Indonesia’s proposal, which was prompted by the 2002 Bali bombing incident, was endorsed by APEC Economies through the establishment of the APEC Counter-Terrorism Task Force in May 2003. Realizing its valuable and constructive role in helping to protect the economic systems in the region from disruption over the next decade, the task force was then upgraded by all Economies into a Working Group during Indonesia’s Chairmanship of APEC in 2013.

Indonesia further co-sponsored “The 9th APEC Secure Trade in the APEC Region (STAR) Conference” in 2014 in Beijing, China. The conference delivered security best-practices in securing transportation systems among APEC Economies, explored the role of private sectors and enhanced public private partnership in promoting secure physical connectivity in the Asia-Pacific region.

In 2017, Indonesia hosted the “APEC Workshop On Strengthening Tourism Business Resilience Against The Impact of Terrorist Attack”, in May 2017, in Bali. The event provided policy recommendations to all APEC member economies to assist with building a resilient tourism industry against the impact of terrorist attack.

In conclusion, Indonesia regards regional security as national direct interest and also the interest of the neighbouring countries in Asia Pacific.

If Indonesia is elected as non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of 2019-2020, this important aspect will be the priority for the government of Indonesia.

Source: Directorate of Inter and Intra regional cooperation for Asia Pacific and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs RI