ASEAN Agreement Is Difficult to Implement Nationally

By : Herry Barus And Aldo Bella Putra | Sunday, October 22 2017 - 13:00 IWST

Parade ASEAN 50 Tahun (Foto Ist)
Parade ASEAN 50 Tahun (Foto Ist)

INDUSTRY.co.id - Jakarta - The Director General of ASEAN Cooperation of the Foreign Ministry Jose Tavares expressed one of the challenges facing ASEAN by translating various agreements at the regional level into the national regulations of each member country.

One of the ASEAN conventions which to date is difficult to implement in each member country is related to the eradication of terrorism, which includes among others the exchange of intelligence information and cooperation across countries.

"The police and security forces of each country are so busy with their own domestic criminality and problems that it is difficult to adopt this regional regulation in addition to their work," Jose said during a discussion session on ASEAN at the Indonesian Foreign Policy Conference held FPCI in Jakarta on Saturday (21/10/2017)

In its 50 years of age, ASEAN does not yet have a mechanism that can further compel its member states to implement regional agreements.

Yet the younger generation is now demanding a more effective and fast-moving ASEAN role to tackle regional issues.

"One of the biggest issues that must be faced now is finding the right balance between national sovereignty and regional interests, we must have an institution capable of exercising this authority," Jose said.

If ASEAN wants to continue to be relevant and growing, the former Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand proposes strengthening the role of the ASEAN Secretariat in order not only to be an administrative institution.

Facilitated with more funds and authority, the ASEAN Secretariat is expected to have specialized agencies that can oversee the implementation of regional agreements at the national level, based on the collective issues facing member states.

"I want the AICHR, for example, to develop into a stronger body that can handle even sensitive human rights issues in ASEAN," Jose said.

Public policy expert from Singapore Kishore Mahbubani also criticized the weakness of the role of ASEAN Secretariat as the main vehicle that can arouse awareness and sense of belonging to ASEAN citizens.

Kishore said the weakness of the role was due to the ASEAN Secretariat's budget allocation which, compared to the EU Secretariat, was only one eighth.

News Comment

Today's Industry

GoTo is a blend of Gojek and Tokopedia. (Photo: republika.co.id)

Rabu, 30 November 2022 - 19:35 WIB

GoPay's Dominance Drives Consistency in GOTO's Financial Business Segment Growth

The financial services business segment, namely GoTo Financial owned by PT GoTo Gojek Tokopedia Tbk (GOTO), recorded impressive business growth consistency. This is reflected in GoPay's dominance…

The President Director of PT Honeywell Indonesia, Roy Kosashi, clarified many kind of leading technology for Indonesia’s New Capital City, in Jakarta on Tuesday (29/11/2022). (Photo: PT Honeywell Indonesia)

Rabu, 30 November 2022 - 19:28 WIB

Honeywell Ready to Support Indonesia’s New Capital City with Sustainability Technologies and Solutions

Honeywell announced today that it is Ready Now to support the Nusantara Capital Authority (OIKN) in realizing their goal of making a sustainable and smart forest city. OIKN is the government…

Gibu Mathew, Vice President and General Manager in Asia-Pacific (APAC) in Zoho Corp. (special)

Rabu, 30 November 2022 - 11:22 WIB

How to Make SaaS Work for Small and Medium-Sized Businesses

Southeast Asia's digital transformation has been impressive as the region is now poised to reach a projected digital economy worth USD360 billion by 2025. With digitalisation, the region bore…

PT Dharma Polimetal ("Dharma Group") Triputra Group automotive component manufacturing company.

Senin, 28 November 2022 - 12:15 WIB

DRMA Remains Optimistic 2023 Automotive Still Rises, Targets Sales Up 20%

PT Dharma Polimetal Tbk (“DRMA”), a listed company engaged in automotive component manufacturing business sees the prospects for the automotive business in 2023 will still remain promising.…

Alvara Research

Sabtu, 26 November 2022 - 06:20 WIB

Turnover Rises High, Culinary MSMEs No Problem Paying OFD Platform Commissions

Online food delivery (OFD) services have accelerated the growth of food and beverage (F&B) MSMEs in Indonesia by 1.9 times faster compared to offline sales. OFD platforms enable MSMEs to have…