Semarang (ANTARA) - The Central Java Police (Polda) has deployed 781 personnel for securing the 55th ASEAN Economic Ministers (AEM) Meeting that takes place in Semarang, Central Java, on August 17-22.

Central Java Police Chief Inspector General Ahmad Luthfi stated that the security involved the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) and other stakeholders. Security will cover the subject, object, and other related events during the international meeting.

"There is security assurance from the Indonesian Police, military, and stakeholders," Luthfi remarked.

He stated that 29 ministers from ASEAN and partner countries are participating in the meeting, so the Indonesian Police also joins to secure the national and international events.

"Show them that we are prepared and that we can create a conducive climate during the meeting," he affirmed.

This is especially important since the international community will directly oversee the series of meetings taking place in Semarang.

The ASEAN economy is currently in the top five of the world after the United States, China, India, and Germany, with a significant increase recorded since being founded in 1967.

ASEAN's gross domestic product (GDP) per capita in 2021 had reached US$5,248, an increase compared to US$122 in 1967.

In addition, the foreign direct investment (FDI) of ASEAN in 2021 had reached US$168.2 billion, an increase from US$3.04 billion in 1967.

Meanwhile, in terms of total trade, the ASEAN has reached US$2.5 trillion in 2021, or an increase as compared to US$10 billion in 1967.

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Translator: Yoanita Hastryka Djohan
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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