Mrs. Lauti Nia Astri, Charge d’ Affairs of the Embassy of Republic of Indonesia to Cambodia, in capacity of the Chair of the Steering Committee of ARMAC presided over the opening of the Workshop.
In her opening address, Mrs. Lauti highlighted that, “As the Chair of ASEAN, Indonesia would like to see a resilient ASEAN and become a barometer for cooperation that would contribute to peace, stability and prosperity in the region and world. With this spirit, Indonesia takes up a theme of ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth. Indonesia puts its priority deliverables under 3 pillars: (i) ASEAN matters, (ii) Epicentrum of Growth, and (iii) implementation of the ASEAN Outlook on Indo-Pacific (AOIP). Under these 3 pillars, Indonesia is determined to make ASEAN important and relevant for the people of ASEAN and beyond, including to actively carry out peace and humanitarian diplomacy. Along with ASEAN Political-Security Blueprint 2025 and ASEAN Leaders’ Statement on the Establishment of an ASEAN Regional Mine Action Center, Indonesia sees the need to support ARMAC. Furthermore, I would like to underline that Indonesia has a high commitment to demining in global level. In this regard, Indonesia has ratified the Ottawa Convention in 2006 and actively carried out demining process under UN peacekeeping operations in Lebanon and Democratic Republic of Congo.”