"Yes, there has indeed been a "Sturm uber Asien” – and over Africa too. The last few years have seen enormous changes … The passive people have gone … The mental, spiritual and political face of the whole world has been changed, and the process is still not complete.“
-President Soekarno, opening speech of the Asian-African Conference 1955
The Asian-African Conference was the first gathering of Asian and African countries that were newly independent from centuries of colonial rule. They organised the event without the involvement of external powers. Delegates from 29 Asian and African countries attended. .
Developing countries, inspired by the solidarity gained from the Asian-African Conference, continued to push for economic reforms between 1950s and 1970s. But their vigour started to fade in 1980s with leadership changes in each of the conference’s founding countries. Many legacies of the conference remain, but most of them are becoming less important even for Asian and African countries. .
And on April 24, 2015 The leader of Indonesian Goverment, Joko Widodo said in that day to commemorate Asia Africa Solidarity Day in Indonesia.
Happy Asia Africa Solidarity Day
April 24, 2018 👫