Thu, 29 May 2003

Govt seeks cars for ASEAN Summit

JAKARTA: State Secretary Bambang Kesowo disclosed on Wednesday his concern about Indonesia's preparations for the ASEAN summit which is slated to take place in October in Bali.

Bambang said that among his main concerns was how to procure world-class cars for heads of states attending the summit.

He made the statement during a hearing with House of Representatives (DPR) Commission I for political, security and foreign affairs.

Apart from heads of 10 ASEAN countries, the summit will be attended by four ASEAN partners and possibly delegations from Australia, Papua New Guinea and East Timor.

The state secretary said he hoped he could find companies that can provide cars for rental. "It will only create controversy if we buy new cars," Bambang said.

He said he hoped his office could provide state guests with the Volvo S30, the latest in the series. -- JP