2013 Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum


The opening of Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum in Jakarta. H E Mari Pangestu gave the opening speech. Middle: Rizal Sukma, CSIS' Executive Director, right: Budy Resosudarmo, Head of ANU Indonesia Project


The first Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum was held in CSIS’ new building in its old location on 30 May 2013. Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum is a one-day conference jointly held by CSIS and ANU Indonesia Indonesia Project. This event was attended by approximately 200 people, ranging from government officials, academics, students, researchers and various others. H. E. Mari Pangestu opened the Forum and she gave a moving speech on Hadi Soesastro’s role and contributions to the nation, the region, and to many individuals.

H E Armida Alisjahbana launched the new Update Book: Education in Indonesia. Here, Daniel Suryadarma & Gavin Jones presented the book, with Budy Resosudarmo, Head of ANU Indonesia Project, in the background


To mark the inaugural year of the Forum, Professor Hal Hill from ANU gave a Public Lecture, “Does East Asia have a Financial Safety Net?”, based from a paper co-authored with Dr Jayant Menon from ADB. The authors have chosen a topic that was close to Hadi Soesastro’s research interests, namely how to forge a vibrant and effective East Asian economic community. One aspect of this regional economic cooperation concerns the creation of a viable financial safety net. In this Lecture, Hal Hill concluded that the search for effective safety financial nets in Asia continues and that the IMF is still unpopular, deeply in some countries. The most popular approach is still self-insurance, even though it is costly and risky.

Yose Rizal Damuri from CSIS and Sandra Hamid from the Asia Foundation presented the economic and political updates. Shafiah Muhibat from CSIS chaired the session.

The Public Lecture was followed by the ever important annual updates on recent economic and political situations in Indonesia. Yose Rizal Damuri from CSIS presented the economic update followed by Sandra Hamid from the Asia Foundation with the political update. A lively question and answer session followed.

Hal Hill from ANU Indonesia Project during his Public Lecture


This year’s Update Book, Education in Indonesia (editors Daniel Suryadarma and Gavin Jones) was launched by H E Armida Alisjahbana, Indonesia’s State Minister for National Development Planning/Head of BAPPENAS. This was followed by book chapter presentations by Thee Kian Wie from LIPI, Samer al-Samarrai from World Bank, and Daniel Suryadarma from ANU Indonesia Project.

A glimpse of HSPF participants


The one day forum was concluded with panel discussion where Gavin Jones (NUS), Thee Kian Wie (LIPI), Pratikno (Rector, UGM), Fr Baskoro Pudjinugroho (Kanisius) debated with the audience on education in Indonesia. Marissa Anita, TV anchor from Metro TV chair the session.

Hal Hill (ANU) and Gavin Jones (NUS) during the press conference


Kompas and Republika Online covered the event. Daniel Suryadarma, Hal Hill, and Gavin Jones were interviewed by Jak TV.

Panel discussion on Education in Indonesia. L-R: Gavin Jones, Thee Kian Wie, Marissa Anita, Pratikno, Fr Baskoro


All photos from the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).