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Jakarta Post

ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook: Low hanging fruit?

  • Arifi Saiman
    Arifi Saiman

    Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis and Development on Asia Pacific and Africa Regions at the Foreign Ministry

Jakarta   /   Wed, October 2, 2019   /  11:58 am
ASEAN Indo-Pacific Outlook: Low hanging fruit? This photo shows a worker cycling past life-size portraits of the 10 leaders of ASEAN as a government booth is dismantled following a cultural festival at Lumpini Park in Bangkok. (AFP/Romeo Gacad)

Now that ASEAN has come up with a common vision of what the future of the Indo-Pacific region should look like, what will be the next steps? The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific, endorsed by leaders in their summit in Bangkok in July, still has to gain a stronger foothold within ASEAN itself, before gaining wider acceptance from outside, particularly from countries with a stake in the region’s future. Even as the 10-member organization puts together its plan of action to follow up on the outlook, some collaboration programs under the Indo-Pacific regional architecture can be already undertaken to highlight its benefits, its potential and its immense possibilities. ASEAN can start with the low hanging fruit approach through programs involving two or more countries in the Indo-Pacific region. One example is the development of business connectivity between Indonesia’s ...

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