10 Jun 2023

ASEAN Economy, an Excellent Guest Lecture by the Development Economics Study Program

ASEAN or the Association of Southeast Asian Nations is an organization that aims to develop the prosperity and welfare of countries in the Southeast Asia region. The member countries are Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, and East Timor. This regional organization was established on August 8, 1967, by the 5 (five) founding countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, and Thailand.ASEAN Economy Guest Lecture

The regional association is starting from the similarity among the countries that were once colonized, except for Thailand. The organization will strive to strengthen economic sovereignty, promote sustainable economic growth, and create a conducive environment for the development of the digital economy in the Southeast Asian region.

This material presentation was delivered by Drs. Heru Wicaksono, M.M., a Diplomat who is also a FEB UNS alumnae, at the ASEAN Economy Guest Lecture, entitled ‘ASEAN Economic Dynamics: Networking and Cooperation,’ Monday (5/6/2023), at the Soedarah Soepono Hall FEB UNS.

The Guest Lecture hosted by the Development Economics Study Program (DESP), Faculty of Economics and Business (FEB), Universitas Sebelas Maret (UNS), was led by Lukman Hakim S.E., M.Si., Ph.D., a lecturer FEB UNS, as the moderator.

Related to the ASEAN economic situation, Indonesia will become the Chair of ASEAN in 2023. This can be a momentum to expand and strengthen the de-dollarisation spirit to break away from the superpower countries’ power. “Indonesia as Chair of the ASEAN focuses on strengthening the ASEAN economy into a fast-growing, inclusive, and sustainable economic region, as the center of regional and world economic growth.

Speaker of ASEAN Economy Guest LectureThis shall be achieved in an “ASEAN way” in line with the principles of the ASEAN Charter. A peaceful solution, no interference, no confrontation, mutual respect, cooperation, dialogue, consensus, soft diplomacy,” he explained.

Meanwhile, Drs. Heru also states that Indonesia and Thailand are the two main countries in the ASEAN region. Good relationships have been an asset for both countries to move forward and contribute significantly to the region.