Centre for Education and Training of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia held a public lecture and diplomatic session on New-Asian African Strategic Partnership or NAASP. Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta has been chosen to become host for this agenda. Seven delegates from Angola, Brunei Darussalam, Colombia, Lesotho, Libya Myanmar, and Zimbabwe had to deliver lecture in front of students of International Relations Department of Muhammadiyah University of Yogyakarta on Saturday, November 18th 2017.
The event started with a warm welcoming speech from Mrs. Azizah as the Head of International Relations Department, and Mr. Hartono as the Head of Centre for Education and Training of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia. All of delegates, except Angola and Zimbabwe have given lecture about its foreign policy and missions in the NAASP. Kingdom of Lesotho for example, as a country that makes peace as guidance of its foreign policy, seeks to improve relations and cooperation with other developing countries, and intensify its participation in various international forums, such as Southern African Development Countries, Least Developed Countries, Forum of Small States, Non Aligned Movement, New Emerging Power, and African Union. Kingdom of Lesotho also focuses on peace and disarmament, especially in South Africa region, as well as issues related to human rights.
Given the geographical condition of Myanmar that lies among big countries, Myanmar as one of the members of ASEAN also puts the regional cooperation, independence and sovereignty as the core of its foreign policy agenda. Similarly, Brunei Darussalam, as a country with geographical shared border with Indonesia and Malaysia, consider maintaining its sovereignty, and enhancing its economic capacity as crucial issue for Brunei. According to Mrs. Bustaman, so far Brunei Darussalam has relied so much on non-renewable source; fuel. Thus, economic diversification will become the main agenda of Brunei’s foreign policy. In the other hand, Colombia will focus on cooperation issues in several strategic areas, such as economics, transportation, technology, as well as culture as it was mentioned by Mrs. Marjori.