Jakarta, 27 November 2021 (TDI): The President of Indonesia, Joko Widodo along with the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi attended the 13th ASEM Summit, virtually.

ASEM Summit of this year was chaired and organized by Cambodia. Due to the limitations imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic, the Summit was held in a virtual format. It was held on 25 and 26 November. The theme of the Summit was “Strengthening Multilateralism for Shared Growth.”

During the Summit, President Joko Widodo called on all the member states of ASEM to jointly collaborate and amend the global situation. ASEM is the Asia–Europe Meeting. It is an Asian–European political dialogue forum to augment relations. It works to aid cooperation between its partners.

The Indonesian President underscored the significance of energy and digital transition to accelerate post-pandemic economic recovery. He also spoke about the Afghanistan issue and related complications. President Joko highlighted the situation in Afghanistan is deteriorating which can lead to a humanitarian crisis.

The Indonesian government is helping the Afghan people but the world needs to come together to avoid a humanitarian crisis in the country, specifically in the backdrop of the Covid-19 pandemic.

In addition to that, Joko Widodo also emphasized the importance of women’s empowerment in the present-day world as well as cooperation between Ulema. He stressed the need for increased cooperation between researchers. The Ulema play an important role in the nation and society building.

The Agenda of this year’s ASEM Summit was a wide array of topics faced by today’s world. They range from climate change, women empowerment, the migration crisis, poverty eradication to peace and stability of the world, post-pandemic recovery, sustainable and digital economy along with global multilateralism.