Uneven Development in the ASEAN Region

The rapid development of countries in the region has an impact on the ASEAN integration plan. This is because the development that occurs in the area is uneven, so it has the potential to trigger regional disintegration.

UMMATIMES - The head of the Center for Intermestic and Diplomatic Engagement (CIDE) of Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy (PGSD) at Paramadina University, Anton Aliabbas, said that if it is not taken seriously, the absence of regional policies in responding to the problem of horizontal imbalance will add to the complexity of problems in the region.

For this reason, he hopes that ASEAN member countries can immediately strengthen the role and authority of the ASEAN Secretariat. "This is because strengthening institutional mechanisms is increasingly needed in accelerating programs to reduce development disparities in ASEAN," said Anton in a virtual guest lecture held by Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy (PGSD), Paramadina University, Jakarta, last weekend.

The event entitled "ASEAN's Efforts in Narrowing Development Gap Among ASEAN Member Countries" presented the Senior Officer of the Initiative Division for ASEAN Integration and Reducing the Development Gap at the ASEAN Secretariat, Intani Kusuma.

Although, continued Anton, the ASEAN Secretariat still had to improve the working mechanism of the internal bureaucracy that prioritized collaboration between divisions. Given that development issues are transsectoral.

"Without strengthening the role of the ASEAN Secretariat, the program prepared to close this development gap will not be able to run effectively," said Anton.

When closing the activity, Director of Paramadina Graduate School of Diplomacy (PGSD) Shiskha Prabawaningtyas emphasized the importance of the ASEAN Secretariat involving the media in pushing the ASEAN integration agenda. Because, according to him, so far the media has not paid too much attention to this issue.

"Cooperating with the media will be strategic in order to participate in mainstreaming ASEAN's role in narrowing the gap in the economic conditions of member countries, not only political security issues," said Shiskha.