"Indonesia has endeavored to facilitate the ASEAN to work in a fast, solid, effective, and efficient manner. Based on that thought, we construct this building," Jokowi remarked in his inauguration speech at the main hall of the new ASEAN Secretariat building.
According to Jokowi, the new ASEAN Secretariat building has reflected the new spirit of the ASEAN and voiced his aspirations of it facilitating the regional group to work efficiently.
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"I hope that most ASEAN activities would be conducted in this building. It can cut travel spending, and the fund can be utilized for other activities," the president added.
Jokowi arrived at the main hall of the ASEAN Secretariat at 7 a.m. local time in the company of Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung.
The new ASEAN Secretariat building comprises two 16-storey towers connected by a 41.3 meter-long overpass.
The president symbolically handed over the building's key to ASEAN Secretariat General Lim Jock Hoi to mark the inauguration of the new building.
ASEAN members comprise Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
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