Written by: Ms. Maryam Raza Deputy Director, Pakistan Research Center for a Community with Shared Future (PRCCSF), Islamabad.
In this present era, multilateralism and inclusive economic development have become the fundamental attributes for any country to hold a respectable place in the comity of nations. In this aspect, Indonesia has gained an honourable place due to the policies of democratization not just in the ASEAN region but also in the world. The hallmark of the country’s success in this significant time can be witnessed by the successful conduct of statecraft by His Excellency President Joko Widodo.
Indonesia, being the largest Muslim-populated country, has opened its border for socioeconomic and cultural cooperation. Through the democratic process, the country has become more accountable, open, and modernized. The robust policies adopted by the visionary leadership are indeed worth parsing in order to enhance cooperation in the ASEAN region and beyond. The new policies and proactive role of President Widodo have enhanced Indonesia’s global outreach. Moreover, the leadership realizes that regional cooperation is imperative for socioeconomic development and cultural integration. Thus, creating new opportunities for joint ventures and collaborations in the areas of mutual interests with regional stakeholders, especially with Pakistan. Developing friendly-balanced relations with other states while maintaining mutual respect is the key pillar for Indonesia.
While highlighting the bilateral relations between Pakistan and Indonesia, it is important to mention the exceptional role played by His Excellency Adam Tugio, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Pakistan. He has been playing a proactive part in enhancing people-to-people contacts and cultural linkages between both nations. I strongly believe that his robust efforts, active participation, and prudent diplomatic policies in strengthening cooperation in various fields will indeed provide a new impetus to bilateral ties between Pakistan and Indonesia.