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The 30th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of BIMP-EAGA:

Together to Maintain Regional Stability and Competitiveness.

In November 24, 2022, the 30th Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) of BIMP-EAGA (Brunei Darussalam-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) was held in Pontianak City, West Kalimantan Province. The implementation of the SOM was led directly by the Deputy Ministry of International Economic Cooperation, Edi Prio Pambudi. This activity is part of the 25th BIMP-EAGA Ministerial Meeting, in 23-26 November 2022.

Facing the current global conditions that are still in the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, geopolitical conflicts, energy and food crises, and climate change, it is necessary to stabilize regional and subregional conditions so it does not cause a deeper problem that will affect the global economy. "To maintain regional stability and competitiveness, BIMP-EAGA needs to be more proactive in the middle of the dynamic Indo-Pacific regional architecture," said Deputy Edi, Chair Senior Official of BIMP-EAGA.

Furthermore, Deputy Edi said BIMP-EAGA also need to increase subregional cooperation like Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) and the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) to increase ASEAN's role in the regional architecture.

Another issue that has been discussed was the results of the BIMP-EAGA Vision 2025 (BEV 2025) Mid-Term Review (MTR) in transportation, ICT, trade and investment facilitation, energy, agribusiness, and tourism. Regarding the achievement of Vision 2025, we need to strengthen institutional foundations in the implementation of MTR results.

"I support the changes of nomenclature Trade Investment Facilitation Cluster toTrade Investment Promotion and Enterprises Development Cluster, as wellas the establishment of a Working Group onYouth and Sports Development and a Working Group on Security," said Deputy Edi.

Deputy Edi also appreciates the support from Asian Development Bank (ADB) and ASEAN Secretariat for BIMP-EAGA through capacity building and other technical assistance. Specifically, he also expects that support from the two partner institutions in the future can be directly strengthening regional infrastructure systems and management. Also the goal is to encourage the creation of seamless connectivity and movement for the trade supply chain.

At the end of the meeting, Deputy Edi Pambudi invited the senior BIMP-EAGA to visit the Data Analytic Room (DAR), and was received by West Kalimantan Governor Sutarmidji. The construction of DAR aims to provide space for presenting development data as a basis for government planning and policies as well as supporting the decision-making from the leaders. DAR is also the output of the initiation of Satu Data Kalbar that has been managed through the process of data integration and open data in supply. (dep7)


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