Asian African Summit, Strengthening South-South Cooperation to Promote World Peace and Prosperity
April, 2016 Tim KAA

The commemoration of the 60th Asian-African Conference (AAC) was convened from 19 to 24 April 2015 in Jakarta and Bandung. It was an important event for Asian and African countries in encouraging partnerships more closely for sharing knowledge and experiences to improve economic development of the two regions. The idea was spelt out in the theme of the conference as “strengthening South-South Cooperation to promote world peace and prosperity”

Indonesia, as one of the pioneer countries for South-South Cooperation has a strategic role in improving the welfare of world peace. In this regard, the National coordination Team on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (NCT) considered it is important to use an event of the AAC as an opportunity to improve the visibility of South-South and Triangular Cooperation Program through exhibition.

The theme of exhibition of the NCT was entitled 'New Emerging Partner in Innovative South-South and Triangular Cooperation for Development as part of the side events of the 60th conference. The exhibition promoted the capacities and cooperation of the Indonesian government line ministries and institutions in various activities and also introduced the NCT more broadly.

The exhibition had a good reception and positive responses from the delegations and participating countries of the AAC. The success of the exhibition of Indonesian SSTC was the result of solid cooperation between the NCT and the ministries/institutions` exhibiting their capacities and activities.

Recognition and appreciation were addressed to the Ministry of Industry, the Ministry of Health, Singosari Artificial Insemination Center, the Ministry of Agriculture, Multi Media Training Center (MMTC), the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology, the Ministry of Public Works and Public Housing, the Ministry of Marine and Fisheries Affairs and others that had participated in promoting their capacities during the event. In particular, the Government of Indonesia expressed its gratitude to the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Indonesia and the Government of Norway who have supported the activities of the exhibition through the Strengthening Innovative Partnership for Development Cooperation (SIP-DC) project.

Minister of Foreign Affair declared open the opening ceremony of the exhibition of the AAC held on 19 April 2015 at 10.00 am after the opening ceremony of side events for the AAC 2015 by Minister of Tourism as coordinating institution of the side events. On this occasion, the 4-pillar ministers, namely Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of State Secretariat, Minister of National Development Planning, and Minister of Finance gave their remarks respectively. The opening ceremony was also attended by representatives of development partners and officials of ministries. During the exhibition many dignitaries visited the NCT booth namely, Prime Minister of Rwanda, Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Vice Prime Minister of Qatar, President of Madagascar, Prime Minister of Egypt, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Myanmar, and Chief Consular of Jamaica. Aside from this, some of international media interviewed officials of the NCT such as Shanghai TV and Vietnam TV.