Middle Powers Hold Roundtable Discussion at SPUQC

The Ambassadors and Diplomatic officials of Mexico, Indonesia, Turkiye, and Australia held a roundtable discussion on the role of middle powers in the ever-evolving geopolitical landscape of the world at SPUQC.  The diplomatic event was held last 20 November 2023 at the Sampaguita Hall of St. Paul University Quezon City dubbed Philippines+MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkiye, Australia) Roundtable Discussion.

Sr. Ma. Nilda Masirag, SPC, University President, in his welcome adddress, greeted the esteemed guests, participants, and diplomatic officials and underscored the importance of the event, saying: “This forum offers a unique opportunity for us to engage in thoughtful dialogue, share insights, and chart a course for a future that is increasingly shaped by the actions and collaborations of middle powers.”















Mr. Agus Widjojo, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia spoke of MIKTA’s role and achievements as well as thrust and future directions of the association.  He also expressed his gratitude to SPUQC for co-organizing the event with Indonesia, the current country President of MIKTA.  Mr. Daniel Hernandez Joseph, Ambassador of the United Mexican States shared points of engagement where MIKTA and other countries can launch peaceful cooperation and support.  Mr. James Yeomans, First Secretary and Deputy Chief of Mission of the Embassy of the Republic of Turkiye and Mr. James Yeomans, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the Commonwealth of Australia also shared their country’s efforts in promoting the values and objectives of MIKTA.

Dr. Marlon Patrick P. Lofredo, CSIR Director, on the other hand, spoke of areas of cooperation and collaboration between the Philippines, SPUC, and the MIKTA countries for the promotion of the associations’ ideals and visions as well as sharing of expertise and resources in the areas of research, social development, and educational development.  He said: “MIKTA and the Philippines faces both challenges and opportunities as it navigates the currents of a changing geopolitical landscape. By recognizing the shifts in global dynamics and embracing collaborative strategies, MIKTA and the Philippines can position itself as a dynamic and influential force in shaping a more stable and prosperous world.”

































Participants also engaged in a lively and enriching open forum where the ambassadors and diplomatic officials enthusiastically answered queries about MIKTA’s position in the war between Israel and Palestine and Russia and Ukraine, the relevance of MIKTA to the Philippines and global development, promotion of peace and sustainable development.  Dr. Partogi Samosir, Minister-Counselor of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, facilitated the discussion.

The MIKTA is a unique coalition of middle powers — Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia — each contributing its distinct perspectives and strengths to the global stage, and the Philippines, a nation at the crossroads of geopolitical shifts, actively engaging in diplomatic endeavors that shape its destiny and influence regional dynamics.