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President Joko Widodo Invites ASEAN to Take Lesson Learned From Brexit

VOI NEWS 12.08.2017, 12.00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7

ASEAN should be increasingly relevant and useful in addressing common challenges, amid the global economic slowdown. It was stated by President Joko Widodo in his welcome speech in the 50th anniversary of ASEAN at the ASEAN Secretariat in Jakarta, Friday (11/8). The President also reminded, ASEAN economic integration should be able to bring benefits for the people of ASEAN, not only for big businessmen, but also for Small Enterprises, farmers, fishermen and informal sector. ASEAN must also bring benefits to women and young people, the President said. Joko Widodo also reminded that if the ASEAN development result cannot be felt by the people of ASEAN, then they will ask, what the benefit of ASEAN for them is. In this case Joko Widodo calls the Brexit case or the UK's exit from the European Union as a lesson.

"What happens with Brexit should be a lesson to learn for us. We must work hard so that the people of ASEAN can get benefit from ASEAN," the President said.

President Joko Widodo hopes ASEAN will continue to grow into the epicenter of the world economic growth. Because based on the World Economic Forum data, ASEAN is the 6th largest economic power in the world, and by 2020 it will be the fifth largest economic power in the world. Then, by 2030 ASEAN will grow into the fourth largest market in the world after the European Union, the United States and the People's Republic China. The celebration of the 50th anniversary of ASEAN was attended by the Secretary-General of ASEAN, Le Luong Minh, representatives of ASEAN member countries and a number of ministers. (VOI / edit r/ahm)


Indonesia, France Build Partnership on Developing Technical,  Vocational Training 

The government of Indonesia and France have officially concluded a ground-breaking partnership to strengthen and develop technical as well as vocational training in the fields of energy, renewable energies and electricity. The partnership relies on the cooperation between the French and Indonesian ministries of education, and on the Schneider Foundation, including Schneider Electric Indonesia, that was signed on 11 August, according to a press release of French Institute in Indonesia (IFI). The cooperation was signed by the CEO, Xavier Denoly, along with the General Secretary Directorate of Vocational School (PSMK) of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture, Sidik Suhadi and the Director for European and International Cooperation of French Ministry of National Education, Marianne de Brunhoff. This partnership is built on the initiative for education in the office of the Embassy of France/French Institute in Indonesia (IFI). The agreement will lead to the creation of a center of excellence with state-of-the-art equipment for the training of vocational high school trainers, according to international industry norms.  The center will be located on the premises of the Centre for the Development and Empowerment of Educators and Educational Personnel (P4TK) in Bandung. (Antara)

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