March 18, 2014
STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. EDI YUSUP AMBASSADOR/DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA ON THE 15th MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOUTH CENTER
STATEMENT BY H.E. MR. EDI YUSUP
AMBASSADOR/DEPUTY PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE
OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA
ON THE 15th MEETING OF THE COUNCIL OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE SOUTH CENTER
Room XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva
18 March 2014
Chairman of the Board,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
At the outset, I would like to extend my appreciation to the South Center for convening this very important meeting and providing us with the comprehensive report.
It is my pleasure to mention that various activities which have been and will continue to be undertaken by the Center are of great value, for the member states. In addition, a wide variety of substantive issues addressed by the Center are indeed pertinent, as they include financial crises and policy responses, climate change and sustainable development, innovation, access to knowledge and intellectual property, global trade as well as global governance and various other relevant global issues.
Such a broad range of issues reflects the high relevance of the Center towards the greater challenges posed by the increasingly unpredictable global economic configuration. A two-day conference organized by the Center to be held tomorrow on “The Global Economy and State of Multilateral Negotiations” and the day after on “Special Tribute Seminar in Honour of Dr. Gamani Corea”, is another manifestation of the Center’s accurate reading on the current global challenges, as well as its adaptive approach in implementation.
My delegation appreciates the efforts made by the Center in coordinating the developing countries in preparation for the 9th WTO Ministerial Meeting which was held in Bali at the end of 2013. Furthermore, we are very much encouraged that the Center has been actively engaged in relation to the Rio+20 processes, including SDG’s, IPR, trade and many other development issues. I believe similar activities will be continuously pursued by the center in the future to help mainstreaming and streamlining the position of developing countries through several activities, taking into account their respective interests.
Of equal importance are the results of the research conducted by the Center on various issues. My delegation fully supports every endeavor to continuously enhance the Center’s relevance as a highly dedicated think-thank for developing countries.
Allow me also to express our special appreciation to the Center for its wise and prudent financial management. It is indeed very encouraging to learn that although there have been a significant increase of valuable activities and researches conducted by the Center, there is also an increase of a total net surplus by around 211% compared to 2011 amounting CHF 374.852,-. On this note, as has been underlined by the Convenor, the sustainability of the Center’s activities will depend on the support of all the member states. This support is undeniably essential to extend the greatly needed resources in order to enable the optimum operation of the Center, as has always been shown, especially in the last four years.
Finally, I would like to reiterate Indonesia’s appreciation to the Center for all activities conducted and outputs attained. It is my strong conviction that the Center will excel further in the future. To this end, let me assure our strong commitment and support to the center in meeting the needs and demands of its members as well as the whole developing countries.
I thank you very much indeed.
Geneva, 19 March 2014