Jakarta (ANTARA) - The Director General of Information and Public Communication of the Ministry of Communication and Informatics, Usman Kansong, stated that the media center for the 43rd ASEAN Summit in Jakarta provided Indonesian and Western cuisine.

"The menu is variatif. There is Indonesian and Western food. For example, various types of coffee from the regions For promotion also," Kansong said when confirmed by phone on Sunday.

Indonesia, the ASEAN chair for 2023, adopted the theme "ASEAN Matters: Epicentrum of Growth". The aim of ASEAN Matters is to make ASEAN relevant and important for Indonesia, ASEAN, and the surrounding region.

Meanwhile, the Epicentrum of Growth was Indonesia's desire to capitalize on ASEAN as the center of economic growth.

Indonesia held the 42nd ASEAN Summit in Labuan Bajo, West Manggarai district, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) province, on May 20, 2023.

Kansong explains that the media center has a capacity of up to 2.5 thousand people and is located in Exhibition Hall B at the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta.

Media Center ASEAN provides many facilities, such as working space equipped with laptops, dining space, 20 media booths, a prayer room, massage chairs for relaxation, a clinic, toilets, a video village, and three big screens to monitor the events during the ASEAN Summit.

"We also have an internet network with a capacity of 10 Gbps," he said, adding that it will operate from September 2–8.

According to him, on Saturday (31/8), more than 1,700 journalists had been registered or accredited for the ASEAN event. "Maybe there will be additional official media coverage by the head of state and the official traveling press (OTP)," he stated.

Kansong also said about 2,000 journalists from Indonesia, member countries, 22 partner countries, and international organizations such as the United Nations (PBB) and World Bank will cover ASEAN.

Pertamina Central Hospital (RSPP), Siloam Semanggi Hospital, Jakarta Hospital, Medistra Hospital, and Medika Permata Hijau Hospital were also prepared during the ASEAN Summit.

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