Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Former president of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has stated that Indonesia is likely to be a strong country in 2045 even as it faced opportunities and challenges at home and abroad.

"Indonesia will become a strong state in 2045 and also a developed country by the end of the 21st century," he said while giving a public lecture at Udayana University, Bali, on Tuesday.

Before touching 100 years after independence, Indonesia will have a great chance to be a powerful and a developed country.

"I am optimistic because we are already a part of the G20 countries. We have proven that as one of the major economic countries, we could always extricate ourselves from a crisis and survive," Yudhoyono affirmed.

In addition, the rich natural resources and Indonesians increased per capita income are also considered factors that will lead to great opportunities.

Currently, Indonesians per capita income has grown by 350 percent from the initial amount of Rp1,118 ten years before.

However, Indonesia must be able to face some challenges such as a successful transformation, unity and hard work.

Led by its effective and visionary leaders, Indonesia should maintain good cooperation at bilateral, regional and global levels, and pursue the values of transparency and accountability.

"Just imagine Indonesia as a sovereign state, complete with justice, prosperity and unity. Global partnership and beneficial cooperation should be carried out in a transparent way," Yudhoyono noted.

Reported by Dewa Wiguna

Editor: Aditia Maruli Radja
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