Prime Minister Mark Brown with the President of the Republic of Indonesia Joko Widodo. Photo: X / JOKO WIDODO / 23090403
Cook Islands Prime Minister Mark Brown is out of the country attending a number of meetings this month.
The PM's portfolio is allocated to Albert Nicolas- the Minister for Infrastructure Cook Islands- who will be the acting PM in Brown’s absence.
week, Brown is in Indonesia for the 43rd Association of Southeast Asian Nations
(ASEAN) Summit, in his capacity as the Chair of the Pacific Islands Forum
Parliament yesterday, Member of Parliament Tingika Elikana, had to seek leave
on the Prime Minister's behalf.
confirmed that Brown was in Indonesia and would later travel for the UN General
Assembly meeting in America, and later the Pacific Leaders and US summit.
Brown was welcomed with a Guard of Honour in Jakarta on Sunday for the 43rd
Association of Southeast
delegation includes the Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Immigration (MFAI)
According to MFAI statement, they met the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo in the margins of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Summit.
their discussions, Brown and President Widodo discussed increased cooperation,
particularly through oceans and climate change, agriculture, fisheries, education,
tourism, disaster management, and seabed minerals.
also discussed the signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between
ASEAN and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF) which paves the way for potential
cooperation in areas of common interest.
Brown shared with President Widodo the Cook Islands Partnerships for
Prosperity, aligned with the 2050 strategy and comprises current and new
regional collective actions.
to a social media post by President Widodo, he said: “The day before the ASEAN
Summit, I held a bilateral meeting with leaders of friendly countries who were
present in Jakarta. The bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of the Cook
Islands, Mark Brown, at the Merdeka Palace, discussed, among other things, the
cooperation between the ASEAN Secretariat and the Pacific Islands Forum (PIF)
Secretariat which had been signed.
Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Foreign Ministers' Meeting of
the 43rd ASEAN summit convened with an emphasis on ASEAN's unity and inclusiveness.
are all aware of many difficult circumstances in the region. But we cannot
allow them to affect our hard work in the Summit," said Indonesian Foreign
Minister Retno Marsudi in the opening remarks, adding that ASEAN continues
taking a lead in shaping regional dynamics and ensuring peace and inclusiveness
in the region.
News reports that according to Marsudi, Secretariat-to-Secretariat cooperation
between ASEAN and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA), as well as the
Pacific Islands Forum (PIF), was established on Monday, showing ASEAN's
convening power and a wide acceptance of ASEAN's norms and values.
43rd ASEAN Summit and related summits are scheduled to be held in Jakarta from
Tuesday to Thursday, with Indonesia holding this year's ASEAN chairmanship.