Monday, January 17, 2011

The ASEAN Community

Yesterday, a meeting of Foreign Ministers of the ten countries of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) was held at the Island of Lombok.

The meeting discussed about the ASEAN Community which shall be effective in 2015, and other matters such as pressures on Myanmar by Western countries, etc.

This news reminded me of a seminar about ASEAN organized by our Foreign Ministry and the Bekasi Blogger Community in Bekasi, West Java on 7 August 2010, that I attended with 100 other bloggers, students, teachers and journalist.

The Ministry was represented by the Director General of ASEAN Cooperation and three directors who explained that on 15 December 2008, ASEAN launched a Charter, that turned the organization into a legal entity and aimed to create a single Free Trade Area for the region encompassing more than 550 million people.

When the Free Trade Area between ASEAN and China became effective on 1 January 2010, many industrial and trade organizations in Indonesia protested by saying that they are not ready to compete with Customs Free imported goods especially from China, and requested for 2-3 years postponement.

While the ASEAN Community will start in 2015 and will be based on three pillars i.e. Security Community, Economic Community and Socio-Cultural Community.
  
I hope that the governments of ASEAN countries would do their very best to socialize the idea of ASEAN Community and the benefits that it would bring, so that people in those countries would want to have a closer relationship with each other. This can be done among others  by conducting joint events in the fields of sports like the AFF Soccer tournament, culture, education, etc.

18 comments:

colson said...

I think your call for a social ASEAN, is a decent and just. In the long run it will even prove to be a necessary condition for success. I really hope it may come true.

(Experiences in the EU however are that that entity has developed into a mainly neo-liberal project in which the social dimension has a low, very low, priority).

H. Nizam said...

Hi Colson,
One of pillars of Asean community is Socio-Cultural Community, therefore people's involvement is inevitable.

DS. Utomo said...

A proverb says "A friend in need is a friend indeed".
Mas Harry, after New Year holidays, I've updated TRIP&TRAVEL and FISH POND . Thanks !

Kiwi Riverman's Blogesphere said...

I hope it improves and helps its members. Do you believe an FTO with China is good for Indonesia?



peter

Wisata Murah said...

idea of cultural exchange interesting
because through the medium of culture, human easily beings recognize and respect each other

attayaya_lions said...

semoga asean community bisa menaungi hak cipta masing2 negara. semoga tidak saling comot hak cipta.

Aulawi Ahmad said...

I agree with U, hopefully the benefit of Asean can be felt by all citizen in Asean Country.

H. Nizam said...

@Pak Utomo,
I am glad to see you again. I'll check your blogs.

@Peter/Kiwi,
I personally think that FTA with China has and give a hard time for our industries. Because even before the FTA Chinese goods are already cheaper thank ours.

@Wisata Murah,
By 2015 ASEAN would also be a Socio-Cultural Community so people in each country will be involved.

@Attayaya_Lions,
Setuju! Semoga hak cipta maupun paten dan merek warga negara anggota asean akan terlindungi.

@Aulawi Ahmad,
Let us hope so.

TUKANG CoLoNG said...

kenapa ga di Bali ya...:(

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sawali tuhusetya said...

ASEAN diharapkan mampu berkiprah dalam mewujudkan perdamaian dunia di kawasan asia tenggara, mas harry. sayangnya, di kalangan sesama negara asean terjadi persaingan yang kurang sehat. semua anggota layak menyatukan sikap agar sesama negeri jiran tidak jegal-menjegal dan terlibat konflik terselubung berkepanjangan.

Meutia Halida Khairani said...

when ASEAN mentioned, i remembered ASEAN Aceh Fertilizer, one of big fertilizer company in Aceh, my hometown, ran by ASEAN contries. That company collapsed many years ago.
I hope it'll never happen anymore.

Jolly Princess said...

Congrats for hosting the ASEAN. And ... good luck to all of us.

H. Nizam said...

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Untuk pemerataan saya kira.

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@Mas Sawali,
Dengan Asean Community tahun 2015 maka hubungan tidak hanya terbatas pada tingat pemerintahan atas bisnis tapi juga rakyat dengan rakyat. Untuk itu pemerintah perlu mempersiapkan warganya.

@Meutia,
Yes I remember about the Asean Fertilizer in Aceh, if I am not wrong the factory was destroyed during the tsunami in in end of 2004.

@JP,
Thanks a lot.

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H. Nizam said...

Hi Peter/Kiwi,
Okay I'll check it out

Meutia Halida Khairani said...

no no, the factory never destroyed by tsunami. lhokseumawe didn't affected by tsunami. it's collapsed if i'm not mistaken 'cause there's no gas supplied to the company

H. Nizam said...

Hi Meutia,
Ooohhh ..... yes I remember, the cause for shutdown of factory was
no supply of gas.
Thank you very much for your information.