Indonesia Prepares for 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo

- 28 April 2023 15:38 WIB
Illustration. Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, during the 'golden hour'.
Illustration. Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, during the 'golden hour'.

JAKARTADAILY.ID – Preparations are underway in Labuan Bajo, a fishing town in East Nusa Tenggara, Indonesia, as the 42nd ASEAN Summit approaches.

Leaders of Southeast Asian countries will gather in Labuan Bajo next month, and Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo recently visited to inspect venues and hotels.

According to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Indonesia is paying a great deal of attention to the summit, and "all preparations are on the right track." She added, "hopefully, the huge task of hosting the 42nd summit as the ASEAN chair runs smoothly."

On May 10-11, Labuan Bajo will host eight ASEAN-related meetings, five of which are scheduled for the first day. President Jokowi is set to lead seven meetings, while Malaysian Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim will chair the BIMP-EAGA talks.

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BIMP-EAGA is a sub-regional initiative that focuses on the less developed areas in Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

To cater to the guests, the airport will have a baggage conveyor belt specifically assigned for international arrivals and an immigration facility. Retno stated, "We will continue to work on the airport preparations, including signage for the 42nd ASEAN Summit."

The summit is seen as an opportunity to promote Labuan Bajo's tourism, with Retno noting that Indonesia sees it as essential to uphold great hospitality and comfort for all guests.

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