Vientiane, Laos (ANTARA News) - Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said Asia could play a strong role as an engine of economic growth to save the world from economic recession.

"I believe Asia could play a strong role. Asia could play a role as a 'taylor' and 'engine' of global growth," he said here on Monday.

He said economic growth in Asia has been quite high in the midst of current global crisis and recession.

The growth also occurred while crisis is still continuing in Europe and is not known when it would end, he said.