Jokowi Sees Internationalism As a Solution for Globalization

 Jakarta, IORA - President Joko Widodo urged IORA Summit 2017 delegates to spread the spirit of internationalism because this is a solution to face the challenge of globalization.

"We need internationalism to solve the challenges of globalization," the President said when opening IORA Summit on Tuesday, which was attended by a number of heads of state and government, among others,  Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull, President of South Africa Jacob Zuma, President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi, Prime Minister of Malaysia Mohammad Najib Abdul Razak.

 "But as stated by President Soekarno, our internationalism must be grounded in the soil of nationalisme. A healthy and wise nationalism that tells the truth to our people , to tell something as it is. A sincere nationalism  that does what is right for the long-term prosperity of our people,  not for the emotional heat of the moment , "said President Jokowi.

Due to the rapid  growth of information technology, globalization cannot be turned back. "We can not escape from  it, and it is precisely because globalization cannot be turned back, that we have a greater need than ever, for internationalism," the President said.

The President hoped Ministers, senior official  and all IORA delegates to continue to encourage practical solutions of globalization.

"And we all should fight for our own interests . But as delivered very wisely by the founder of the Republic of Indonesia, President Soekarno more than half a century ago, internationalism cannot be fertile, unless it is rooted in the soil of nationalisme. But, we must also acknowledge, that nationalism also cannot flower, unless it grows in the garden of internationalism, "said Jokowi.

IORA summit was held on March 5-7, 2017 and  was  attended by IORA’s 21 member states under the the theme "Strengthening Maritime Cooperation for Peaceful, Stable, and Prosperous Indian Ocean"

The 21 member states are South Africa, Australia, Bangladesh, Comoros, India, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Madagascar, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mozambique, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Seychelles, Singapore, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Tanzania, Thailand and Yemen.  4 heads of states attended the event, namely:Iran, Yemen, Mozambique and Bangladesh. (Desca Lidya Natalia)