Towards a Win-Win Cooperation: ASEAN Centrality and Indonesia’s Role in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework


About the Webinar

Indonesia is hosting the second round of negotiations on the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF) from March 13–19, 2023, in Bali. Negotiators from 14 countries are participating in the talks to address various global challenges beyond trade and investment. Under IPEF, the Indonesian government hopes to continue what it succeeded at the G20 Summit last year in facilitating and negotiating the importance of maintaining strategic balance, peace and stability in the increasingly polarised global order to create healthy competition in the region further. Together with the other six ASEAN member countries in IPEF, Indonesia believes it is important to avert regional conflicts and move towards a clean and fair economy at home. For this, ensuring ASEAN centrality and preserving ASEAN’s vision of the region, as reflected in the ASEAN Outlook of Indo-Pacific, is necessary. Nevertheless, ASEAN and Indonesia have their own challenges. ASEAN itself is currently facing multiple tests on many fronts. Meanwhile, Indonesia has its own domestic challenges, particularly its national interests when it comes to international cooperation. This webinar will shed light on how Indonesia tries to utilise its role as this year’s ASEAN Chairman to maximise its negotiating power in IPEF. It will discuss Indonesia’s key national interests in its IPEF diplomacy and what critical drivers for these sentiments are.

About the Speaker

Dr Edi Prio Pambudi is Deputy for the Coordination of International Economic Cooperation at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs since 2021 and serves as Indonesia’s Chief Negotiator for IPEF. He was Co-Sherpa G20 Indonesia as well as Chair for High-Level Task Force-Economic Integrity (HLTF-EI), a think-tank forum for the leaders of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC) Council. Dr Pambudi has worked as Expert Staff for Connectivity, Service Development and Natural Resources, Expert Staff for Economic Relations and Maritime Affairs, Assistant Deputy for Monetary Affairs and Balance of Payments, Head of the Monetary Sector, and Head of Monetary Policy Analysis at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs. Previously, Edi also served at the Directorate General of Taxes, Ministry of Finance, until 2009.

About the Discussant

Dr Jayant Menon joined the ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute as Senior Fellow to continue his work on trade and development in the Asian region, following his early retirement from the ADB in 2020. His last post at the ADB was Lead Economist in the Office of the Chief Economist. He began work life as an academic in Australia, spending almost a decade at the Centre of Policy Studies at Monash University, one of the leading centres for computable general equilibrium modelling. He has worked at the University of Melbourne, Victoria University, the American University in Washington, DC and the ADB Institute in Tokyo. He holds adjunct appointments with the Australian National University, University of Nottingham, UK and IDEAS, Malaysia. He has authored/edited 15 books, 40 chapters in books and 80 articles in peer-reviewed journals.


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.

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Apr 06 2023


10:00 am - 11:15 am