Yudhoyono to leave for ASEAN Summit today
PRESIDENT Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is scheduled to leave on Friday, February 27, 2009 afternoon for Hua Hin, Thailand to attend the ASEAN Summit over the weekend.
According to a release from the Presidential Palace the president will depart from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport at 1:00 p.m.. He will be accompanied by First Lady Ani Yudhoyono, Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silalahi and Presidential Spokesperson Dino Patti Djalal.
Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda, who had arrived in Hua Hin, said that Yudhoyono was scheduled to chair a subregional consultative meeting on Saturday morning before the summit opening.
Yudhoyono will chair the annual consultative meeting between the Brunei Indonesia Malaysia Philippines-East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) and the Indonesia Malaysia Thailand Growth Triangle.
The ASEAN Summit is expected to be the region’s efforts to help its export-driven economies escape the ravages of the global financial downturn as several member nations are either already in recession or on the brink.
ASEAN leaders are also to sign a declaration on a roadmap for forming a EU-style community by 2015. They will also discuss a US$120 billion emergency fund agreed on by Asian finance ministers on Sunday. (Antara/thejakartapost.com/presidensby.info)