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Jakarta Post

Welcome to Jakarta, diplomatic capital

  • Bernardus Djonoputro

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 10 2011   /  11:48 am

As we are approaching the final lap toward the formation of the ASEAN Community in 2015, the host city of the ASEAN secretariat, Jakarta, is becoming even more strategic.

It is a city, which hosts not only its 12 million-and-growing population, but also has the indisputable charisma of a regional hub attracting guests and temporary international residents.

Jakarta enjoys proximity to other international hubs, being only one hour and 20 minutes from Singapore, six hours from Syndey, seven hours from Tokyo, eight hours from Beijing and eight hours from New Delhi.

Transforming Jakarta into a diplomatic capital is neither a wish nor a dream, but an inevitable consequence of the role Indonesia is playing as the largest economy in the region. With its renewed commitment to leading ASEAN and its strategic position as a G-20 member, Indonesia is becoming a hub of power and...