BANGKOK - Just as the United Nations is based permanently in New York, ASEAN wants its headquarters to remain permanently in Jakarta, regardless of Indonesia’s plan to move its capital to Kalimantan.
“We would like to see this like what we have in New York where the United Nations [is seated] and the ASEAN Secretariat will be the anchor for the ASEAN capital in Jakarta,” said ASEAN secretary-general Lim Jock Hoi.
“The ASEAN Secretariat will not move to Kalimantan because we just got a new building,” he said at the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia’s (ERIA) editors' roundtable in Bangkok.
The new capital of Indonesia in Kalimantan is envisaged as the centre of government, while Jakarta will remain the country's business and economic centre.
Funded by Indonesia, the new US$37 million ASEAN Secretariat building in Jakarta has two 16-floor towers, housing 74 of the 93 ambassadors accredited to ASEAN.