JAKARTA, 23 January 2014 – H.E. Rahmat Pramono presented his letter of credentials as the new Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia to ASEAN to the Secretary-General of ASEAN, H.E. Le Luong Minh, at a ceremony held at the ASEAN Secretariat yesterday. The ceremony was also attended by the Deputy Secretary-General of ASEAN (DSG) for the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC) and representatives from the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC), and the Community and Corporate Affairs Department (CCAD).  Ambassador Pramono was accompanied by officials from the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to ASEAN.

In a meeting following the presentation ceremony, Secretary-General Minh highlighted the continued importance of the work of the Committee of Permanent Representatives to ASEAN (CPR) in 2014 as ASEAN is at a critical stage in the community building process towards the ASEAN Community 2015. Secretary-General Minh also expressed his appreciation to the Republic of Indonesia for its valuable contribution and strong commitment to ASEAN and looked forward to working closely with Ambassador Pramono. Ambassador Pramono reaffirmed Indonesia’s steadfast commitment towards achieving the ASEAN Community, and he also highlighted the importance of increasing the awareness of the people of ASEAN on community-building efforts.

Prior to his appointment, Ambassador Pramono was the Secretary to the Directorate-General of ASEAN Cooperation from 2012-2013, Directorate for ASEAN Dialogue Partners and Inter-Regional Cooperation in 2012 and the Director for ASEAN Economic Cooperation from 2010-2012.

Ambassador Pramono succeeded Ambassador I Gede Ngurah Swajaya, who completed his posting in 31 December 2013.  Ambassador Pramono is Indonesia’s third Permanent Representative to ASEAN since the establishment of the CPR in 2009.