This Fourth Senior Officials Meeting on Development Planning, particularly for Indonesia, has a very important significance. After having been preoccupied with the efforts of addressing domestic changes in the last eight years, for overcoming the crisis as well as for putting in order the social and political institutions so as to become more democratic, we believe that the time has come to enhance cooperation with our closest neighbors, namely ASEAN member countries.
We are convinced that only with close cooperation will greater opportunities be created for enhancing the welfare of each of the nations and of the region as a whole. In this regard, I think we need to update ourselves with the current development policies and the role of planning agenda in each of ASEAN member countries.
(Keynote Speech, delivered at the Fourth ASEAN Senior Official Meeting on Development Planning (SOM-DP), held in Bali on 14-15 July 2005).