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Thursday, 7 February 2013

H. E. Mr. Jovan Jovanovic's Visit to the ASEAN Foundation to Pave the Way for Possible Cooperation

Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the Republic of Indonesia, H. E. Mr. Jovan Jovanovic, paid a courtesy visit to the ASEAN Foundation on Wednesday, 6 February 2013. Dr. Makarim Wibisono was very pleased to receive the guest.

During the visit, Ambassador Jovanovic pointed out articulately the progress of the development in Serbia and touched upon the challenges and opportunities faced by his country in the years ahead. He is eager to strengthen the relations between his country and Indonesia, bilaterally, and ASEAN, multilaterally, being a vibrant regional grouping in Southeast Asia.

Further, Ambassador Jovanovic expressed his hope that the ASEAN Foundation could open its contact with similar institutions in Serbia and the neighboring countries. On the occasion, he introduced the Regional Cooperation Council (RCC), whose main tasks are to represent the region, assist the South-East European Cooperation Process (SEEP), monitor regional activities, exert leadership in regional cooperation, provide a regional perspective in donor assistance, and support increased involvement of civil society in regional activities. He stressed that the RCC is an organisation with identical objectives as ASEAN, therefore, he encouraged that the ASEAN Foundation pave the way for a cooperation between the two institutions leading towards strengthening relations between the Southeastern Europe and the Southeast Asia.

The ASEAN Foundation Executive Director, Dr. Makarim Wibisono, mentioned that the then Yugoslavia had good relations with Indonesia and Southeast Asia in the past. Therefore, Dr. Makarim added, it is logical that Serbia as one of the successor states of Yugoslavia initiate several approaches in order to resume the good relations between Serbia and Indonesia and other ASEAN Member States.

Ambassador Jovan Jovanovic is a graduate from School of Political Sciences from the University of Belgrade, Yugoslavia, and a master in Public and International Affairs from Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, the University of Pittsburgh. Ambassador Jovanovic has been an Edward Mason Fellow and Harvard International Student Fellow of Harvard Kennedy School. He has vast experience in the government, academic, and media.