Saturday, April 20, 2013


Beginning in the 1996 APEC CEO Summit provides an opportunity for business leaders in the Asia-Pacific region to engage in discussions with APEC Economic Leaders, policy makers, academia and other CEOs on issues facing the region. The summit was held in the APEC host economy just prior to the annual APEC Leaders Meeting 'and is an example of APEC efforts to promote public-private sector dialogue and cooperation.

The APEC CEO Summit 2012 was held on 7-8 September in Vladivostok, Russia under the theme "Addressing Challenges .. Expanding Possibilities" The 2012 Summit brought together leaders of APEC economies and regional business and community leaders for a global discussion on various issues including regional economic integration , supply chain connectivity; food, energy and water security, education, technology, human resource development, and the role of women in the economy.

It is a great honour for Indonesia to once again play host to APEC. The Summit takes place 19 years on from the Bogor Goals, in a world of increasing uncertainty, yet at a time where emerging Indonesia enjoys unprecedented economic and political stability. Our Summit's theme of 'Towards Resilience and Growth: Reshaping Priorities for Global Economy' aims to provide a platform to engage in enriching strategic discussions to chart a new way forward. This time of challenge should bring our economies together to discuss how to increase trade and investment flows and achieve the aim of shared development and common prosperity.

The Summit will feature the APEC Leaders - several will be new or newly elected, CEOs of global corporations and innovative thinkers in an interactive engaging format. We seek your views on strengthening and sustaining the global economy and taking part in mapping out the future direction of our region.

We also invite you to enjoy the island of Bali, but more importantly to discover Indonesia and the abundant opportunities that our economy on the rise presents. In 20 years' time we are projected to be the 7th largest economy in the world, so make it your goal to join us at the APEC CEO Summit 2013.

Monday, November 14, 2011

ASEAN Visa Joint Agreed Plan

Nusa Dua, the ASEAN Summit - ASEAN countries agreed to finalize the implementation plan of the ASEAN Common Visa (Visa Together) which is expected in 2012 entered the stage of recommendation.

"Discourse Visa Joint ASEAN become one of the main discussion in the ASEAN Senior Offial Preparatory Meeting (ASEAN SOM) for further discussion at the ASEAN ministerial level," said the Ambassador to ASEAN, I Gede Ngurah Swajaya after attending the ASEAN SOM within the framework of the 19th ASEAN Summit in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center, Monday (14/11).

According to the Ngurah recommendations besama ASEAN visa application is done through formal study in depth about various things like the system on-line visa application coordination among ASEAN countries, including the anticipated constraints and its application, as well as the negative impact caused.

He explains virtually all countries agreed that the implementation of this Joint Visa will benefit because it can increase the amount of tourism to the respective ASEAN countries. "Along with encouraging the growth of the number of Visa travelers in this region, but how to minimize the negative impact ... it's to be done," he said.

ASEAN Joint Visa discourse emerged since the year 2009 at a meeting of the Director General of Immigration and Consular South-East Asia, but by then the concept is not considered urgent because there are many constraints related to the implementation in each country such as immigration, aspects of security, border management, as well as aspects financially.

Indeed expressed Ngurah, the implementation of the Joint Visa already had agreed on the level of Senior Official Meeting (SOM) ASEAN's just waiting for the result of the recommendation which is then submitted to the ASEAN leaders for approval. "In principle the Joint Visa already received approval, but it takes time to elaborate further so that in its application how not to violate the existing provisions in each country," he said.

Yet Ngurah can not ensure the implementation of the Joint Visa, because it must go through various stages of further discussion.

He simply explained that the Joint Visa is the "ASEAN Connectivity" which can menginterkoneksi ASEAN countries both in terms of basic infrastructure related to transportation by land, sea and air so as to encourage interaction between residents, tourism, investment and trade.

Related to possible negative impact of the Joint Visa application form of increased transnational crime (transnational crime), Ngurah said all policies have an effect. But what about the negative impacts of reduced impact so it is more beneficial to all parties.