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Indonesia proposes regional 'travel bubble'

  • Dian Septiari

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, June 27 2020   /  01:00 am
Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses The 36th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit video conference, attended by other ASEAN leaders in Hanoi, Vietnam, 26 June 2020.(pool/Reuters/Luong Thai Linh)

With concerns over economic catastrophe taking center stage at the 36th ASEAN Summit, which kicked off virtually on Friday, some country members of the regional grouping are calling for the opening of an ASEAN travel corridor.  Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is one of the country leaders proposing the regional travel corridor arrangement, saying it could be a crucial measure to accelerate economic recovery.  “I understand that some of us, including Indonesia, have started bilateral talks both with fellow ASEAN countries and with countries outside ASEAN regarding travel corridors. However, it is time for ASEAN, as a community, to think about ASEAN travel corridor arrangements,” Jokowi said in his speech, delivered from Bogor Palace in West Java on Friday.  “The travel corridor arrangements, of course, must be done carefully,...