Indonesia`s proposals accepted at 3rd APEC SOM

Medan, North Sumatra (ANTARA News) - The 3rd APEC Senior Officials Meeting and Related Meetings in Medan, Indonesia, from June 22 to July 6 have accepted 19 proposals from Indonesia.

Yuri Octavian Thamrin, the chairman of the SOM III, said here on Saturday the proposals presented in 68 sessions had also been supported by 20 other APEC economists.

He said the meeting attended by almost 3,000 participants has been considered successful. So Indonesia must be proud because it has been able to make it a success and its proposals have also been accepted," he said.

He said Indonesia would collect the concepts in more detail for distribution to APEC economists.

He hoped they could be distributed in August to be brought to the APEC Summit in October in Bali.

He said the proposals include agreement to strengthen small and medium businesses, business women and farmers.

Yuri who is also the director general for Asia Pacific and Africa of the ministry of foreign affairs said that although there are perceptions that APEC is not yet populist its recent decisionsr have led to the interests of the people in the context of economic recovery.

He said Indonesia in the SOM III has been able to lead APEC economists to discuss and decide concretely on efforts to improve economy with consideration to small and medium businesses, developing countries and under-developed countries.

The director general of international trade cooperation of the ministry of trade, Iman Pambagyo, meanwhile said that liberalization in APEC must continue because it has been confirmed able to boost economic growth.

APEC members however have also been aware that liberalization must be carried out through policies that could reduce the gap between advanced and developing countries in view of the fact that APEC members also vary in terms of their economic conditions.

"Consideration must be given not only to developed and developing countries but also to big, medium and small businesses,` he said.

Iman said empowerment of small and medium businesses must be done to overcome adverse impact of liberalization and economic integration in the Asia Pacific region.

Empowerment of small and medium businesses especially in supply needs to be done to achieve sustainable development in the Asia Pacific region, he said.

Deputy coordinating minister for economic affairs, Rizal Lukman, meanwhile said Indonesia has also been able to raise energy issues not also with regard to sustainable procurement but also reduction of carbon emissions.

Indonesia in the meeting has presented related projects such as hydro-power and geothermal projects in the country.

The deputy for economic affairs of the ministry of national development planning, Prasetyo Widjojho Malangjoedo, said Indonesia as one of APEC members must become stronger.

Considering that Indonesia`s economy is supported by small and medium businesses as well as businesswomen the country must continue to strengthen the sector, he said.

He said he was grateful Indonesia`s proposals and policies have received support from other APEC economists and even several countries have expressed readiness to cooperate in the development of villages based on their prime products.