Statement of President of the Republic of Indonesia at the Kickoff Ceremony of Indonesia 2023 ASEAN Chairmanship, Jakarta, January 29, 2023

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 29 Januari 2023
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Reporter
What is the fundamental message that will be conveyed by Indonesia in the 2023 Chairmanship?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

There are three important points. First, as I’ve mentioned earlier, ASEAN must remain relevant, relevant with the interests of the people, the region, and the world. The second point is about the stability and peace in Indo-Pacific region. ASEAN must make a major contribution. Third, it is vital to make ASEAN as the epicenter of economic growth.  I think we will work on those three points.

Reporter
Do you feel optimistic that the message will be well-delivered during Indonesia’s ASEAN Chairmanship?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Well, though the current global condition is not favorable, the world is full of uncertainty, there are geopolitical issue, economic crisis, and food crisis, we must remain optimistic, be optimistic. In fact, becoming the Chair of ASEAN must develop our optimism.

Reporter
Is it true that Myanmar’s issue is one of the main challenge in Indonesia’s Chairmanship?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Yes, we are consistent to ensure the implementation of the five-point consensus. We are consistent to make it happen. That’s it.

Reporter
Next Wednesday is pon [Javanese Wednesday].

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Are you sure?

Reporter
Will it be announced on February, 1st, Sir?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

The Javanese Wednesday? You sure? Just wait.

Reporter
Sir, regarding Mas Kaesang, he is rumoured…

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

He had told me, but I always give them freedom to do whatever they want. I don’t influence their decision. I don’t make decisions because they already have their own families; they have to be responsible; they have to be able to decide for themselves, and I don’t meddle in their business, okay?

Reporter
Would you tell us about the meeting with Pak Paloh?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Nothing special.

Reporter
What did you discuss? Did you talk about reshuffle?

President of the Republic of Indonesia (Joko Widodo)

Don’t be nosy.

(RAS/MMB)

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