Indonesia Forum 2021 — Day 1, Panel 2


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.

Click here for more information about the Forum.


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.

Panel 2 Speakers


Dr (H.C.) Ridwan Kamil
Governor of West Java, Indonesia
Dr Syarif Hidayat
Research Professor, Economics Research Center, Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI)
Dr Burhanuddin Muhtadi
Visiting Fellow, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute; Senior Lecturer, Islamic State University (UIN) Syarif Hidayatullah
Dr Hui Yew-Foong
Indonesia Studies Programme, ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute


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

Please register here to receive your unique link for joining the webinar.

You can also register for Panel 1 and Panel 3 & 4 of the Forum.

Limited spaces only, register early to avoid disappointment.

To join the webinar,
1. Install the Zoom client onto your computer or download the app on your mobile device.
2. Click on the unique link in your email.

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


Jul 07 2021


3:00 pm - 4:15 pm