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Indonesia Forum 2021

Navigating Global Uncertainties and Building Domestic Resilience


About Indonesia Forum

This Forum explores how Indonesia, as a country, had changed over the last twenty years and highlights the prospects and challenges faced by the country as it progresses into the post-pandemic era. Two decades of decentralisation in Indonesia has aided in promoting regional development through the enhancement of sub-national governments’ capacity, however, it has also created unanticipated problems, such as coordination issues between the central and regional governments, corruption, and the uneven quality of public service delivery. Moreover, Indonesia is also facing its first multidimensional crisis since the 1997-1998 Asian Financial Crisis. The Covid-19 pandemic had greatly disrupted various aspects of life and it had challenged governments to rethink their priorities, forced businesses to adapt and innovate, and compelled workers and students to adopt new work and learning patterns. This Forum, therefore, provides the opportunity to hear from various experts on their perspectives towards Indonesia’s transformation over the last twenty years and how the country can manoeuvre through the impacts of Covid-19 crisis in both the political, economic, and social arena.


Registration

This two-day Forum will be delivered online entirely. You can join the Forum at the specified date and time using devices (computer, phone, or tablet) with internet connection.

Receive your unique link for joining the following webinars in the registration links listed below. Limited spaces only, register early to avoid disappointment.

Install the Zoom client onto your computer or download the app on your mobile device.

If you have questions for the speakers, please key in your questions via the Q&A, stating your name and affiliation. The moderator will field them to the speakers during the Q&A session.


Day 1 Session

Wednesday, 7 July 2021

Register for Welcome Remarks, Keynote Address and Panel 1 here.
9.30 AM–12.15 PM SGT / 8.30 AM–11.15 AM WIB

Register for Panel 2 here.
3.00 PM–4.15 PM SGT / 2.00 PM–3.15 PM WIB


Welcome Remarks — 9.30 AM–9.50 AM SGT / 8.30 AM–9.50 AM WIB

Keynote Address “Navigating Global Uncertainties and Building Domestic Resilience” — 9.50 AM–10.20 AM SGT / 8.50 AM–9.20 AM WIB

Panel 1: International and Strategic Positioning — 11.00 AM–12.15 PM SGT / 10.00 AM–11.15 AM WIB

This session will focus on the implications of the new US administration on the US-Indonesia bilateral relations as well as the prospects and challenges Indonesia would face as stronger cooperation are being built with China in regard to pandemic management and infrastructure development.

Lunch Break 12.15 PM SGT / 11.15 AM WIB

Panel 2: National Politics and the Future of Decentralization — 3.00 PM–4.15 PM SGT / 2.00 PM–03.15 PM WIB

This session will analyse the challenges of decentralization for the central and regional governments as well as discuss the evolving political landscape, especially with the rise of a new generation of political leaders preparing to contest in the 2024 elections.

Welcome Remarks

Dr Dino Patti Djalal
Founder and Chairman, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FCPI)
Mr Choi Shing Kwok
Director and CEO,
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Keynote Address

Moderator

Mr Sandiaga Uno
Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Republic of Indonesia
Mr Choi Shing Kwok
Director and CEO,
ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Mr Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno was appointed as the Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy of the Republic of Indonesia in 2020. He also served as the Vice Governor of Jakarta from 2017 to 2018 and is currently the Deputy Chairman of the Greater Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra).

Mr Choi Shing Kwok is the Director and CEO of ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Permanent Secretary in both the Ministry of the Environment and Water Resources from 2012 to 2017 and in the Ministry of Defense from 2005 to 2012.

Panel 1 Speakers

Moderator

Dr Dino Patti Djalal
Founder and Chairman, Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FCPI)
Dr Siswo Pramono
Head of the Policy Analysis and Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
Dr Evan Laksmana
Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute; Senior Researcher, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia
Dr Hui Yew-Foong
Coordinator

Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Dino Patti Djalal is the founder of the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI). He was previously appointed as the Vice-Minister for Foreign Affairs in 2014 and had served as Indonesia’s Ambassador to the United States from 2010 to 2013.

Dr Siswo Pramono is the Director General/Head of the Policy Analysis & Development Agency (PADA) at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia. He was previously the Deputy Chief of Mission for the Indonesia Embassy in Berlin, Germany and had served as the Director for the Centre of Analysis and Development in the APAC and Africa regions.

Dr Evan Laksmana is a political scientist and senior researcher at the Centre of Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta, Indonesia. He had held various research positions with institutes such as National Bureau of Asian Research, Lowy Institute for International Policy, and RSIS NTU in Singapore.


Panel 2 Speakers

Moderator

Dr Anies Baswedan (TBC)
Governor of Jakarta, Indonesia
Dr (H.C.) Ridwan Kamil
Governor of West Java, Indonesia
Dr Burhanuddin Muhtadi
Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute; Senior Lecturer, Islamic State University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah
Ms Lee Sue-Ann
Co-coordinator

Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Anies Baswedan is a Governor of Jakarta since October 2017. Previously, he was appointed as the Minister of Education and Culture from 2014 to 2016. Prior to his roles in the public services, Dr Baswedan was a rector of Paramadina University.

Dr (H.C.) Ridwan Kamil serves as Governor of West Java since 2018 and was previously the mayor of Bandung from 2013 to 2018. Prior to his political career, he was trained as an architect and was the founder of an architecture firm based in Bandung.

Dr Burhanuddin Muhtadi is a senior lecturer at the political science study program at the Islamic State University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah and postgraduate at Paramadina University, Jakarta. He is also the Director of Public Affairs at the Indonesia Survey Institute (LSI).


Day 2 Session

Thursday, 8 July 2021
9.30 am – 12.15 am (Singapore time) / 8.30 am – 11.15 am (Western Indonesian Time)

Register for Panel 3 and 4 here.

Panel 3: Economic and Business — 9.30 AM–10.45 AM SGT / 8.30 AM–09.45 AM WIB

This session will focus on the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the economy. It will examine the effectiveness of government policy measures in mitigating the crisis as well as the challenges/prospects of Indonesia’s economic recovery in the post Covid-19 era.

Panel 4 : Islam and Society 11.00 AM –12.15 PM SGT / 10.00 AM–11.15 AM WIB

This session will focus on the Muslim community in Indonesia post-New Order, covering themes such as the impacts of decentralization on the Ministry of Religious Affairs (MORA), the management of terrorism and radical groups in Indonesia as well as the impacts of new leaderships in mainstream Islamic organisations.

Panel 3 Speakers

Moderator

Dr Suahasil Nazara
Vice Minister of Finance, Republic of Indonesia
Ms Shirley Tan
Chief Executive Officer, Rajawali Property Group (RPG)
Mr Ridzki Kramadibrata
President, Grab Indonesia
Dr Siwage Dharma Negara
Co-coordinator, Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Suahasil Nazara is the Deputy Minister of Finance of Indonesia. Previously, he served as Head of the Fiscal Policy Agency at the same ministry. Dr Nazara had also contributed as an academic, having served as the chairman of the Economic Department in the Faculty of Economic of Universitas Indonesia from 2009 to 2013.

Ms Shirley Tan currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Rajawali Property Group (RPG), a leading Indonesia-based real estate investment and assert management company in Asia-Pacific. She also serves as a Board Member of the Rajawali Foundation and a Board of Advisors of Global Hotel Networks.

Mr Ridzki Kramadibrata is the President of Grab Indonesia. Prior to his career in Grab Indonesia, he was the Chief Operation Officer for AirAsia Indonesia before promoting to become the regional director for AirAsia Group from 2012 to 2015.


Panel 4 Speakers

Moderator

Dr Muhammad Adlin Sila
Research Professor at the Research and Development Agency in the Ministry of Religious Affairs
Dr Noorhaidi Hasan
Professor in Islam and Politics, UIN Sunan Kalijaga; Dean, Faculty of Islamic Studies, UIII
Dr Ahmad Najib Burhani
Visiting Senior Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute; Research Professor, Research Center for Society and Culture, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Dr Norshahril Saat
Coordinator, Regional Social and Cultural Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute

Dr Muhammad Adlin Sila is currently the Head of the Research and Development Agency in the Ministry of Religious Affairs, Republic of Indonesia. His research focuses primarily on anthropology, sociology, and Islamic studies.

Dr Noorhaidi Hasan is a Professor of Islam and Politics in Islamic State University (UIN) Sunan Kalijaga, Yogyakarta. He is currently the Dean of Faculty of Islamic Studies at the International Islamic University of Indonesia (UII). Dr Hasan’s research interests cover themes such as Salafism, Islamic radicalism, identity politics and youth.

Dr Ahmad Najib Burhani is a Research Professor at the Center for Research on Society and Culture of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (PMB-LIPI) and a Visiting Senior Fellow at ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute. Dr Burhani’s research interests focus mainly on social sciences, cultural and religious studies.