ASEAN Foundation and Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies
The Executive Director of the ASEAN Foundation, Dr. Makarim Wibisono had a meeting with Dr. Muhadi Sugiono, Director of the Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies of the Gadjah Mada University in the Manhattan Hotel in Jakarta on April 11, 2012. Dr. Muhadi Sugiono was accompanied by Aris Arif Mundayat Ph.D and Dr. Makarim Wibisono was accompanied by Ajie Akhmad Wahidin, a program officer of the ASEAN Foundation.
At this opportunity, Dr. Muhadi Sugiono made a presentation about the activities of the Centre. Specifically, he mentioned about the Centre's plan to organize an international seminar on ASEAN community building measures in Jogyakarta. In addition, he also presented the intention of the Centre in establishing a regional network on the Southeast Asian Social Studies. Dr. Sugiono explored the possibility to have cooperation with ASEAN Foundation in implementing these ideas.
In responding to the Centre's plan, the Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation, Dr. Makarim Wibisono pointed out that the ASEAN Charter mandates the ASEAN Foundation to support the Secretary General of ASEAN and collaborate with the relevant ASEAN bodies to support ASEAN community-building. In this regard, ASEAN Foundation is interested to study further in detail on the proposals made by the Centre for Southeast Asian Social Studies.
The ASEAN Foundation was established by the ASEAN Leaders in December 1997 during ASEAN’s 30th Anniversary Commemorative Summit to help bring about shared prosperity and a sustainable future to all 10 ASEAN Member Countries, namely, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam.