2017 Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum and Update Book Launch

Indonesian Minister of Information Technology presenting the Update book, Digital Indonesia, to Jusuf Wanandi, CSIS co-founder.

Indonesian Minister of Communication and Information Technology, Rudiantara, presenting the Update book, Digital Indonesia, to Jusuf Wanandi, CSIS co-founder.

 

Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum was one of the largest ever held, with more than 160 attendance, above the target of 100 participants. The 2017 Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum (HSPF) was held on 3 July 2017, in cooperation with the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Jakarta. Most participants were prominent policy makers, academics and representatives from various research institutions, non-governmental organisations and foreign embassies and digital activists.

The Hadi Soesastro Lecture was delivered this year by Professor (emeritus) Peter Drysdale from ANU, one of Australia’s eminent economists. Professor Drysdale’s lecture was titled Why Indonesia must show the way on trade strategy.

Professor Drysdale started his lecture with a reminder that today’s world is being struck by crises time after time. The rising inequalities around the world, even in industrial countries, led to populist policies that were fueled by the anguish of struggling classes to gain political power. Despite the stress, Asia as a community exhibited relatively well-performing economies and steady relationship in terms of economic cooperation, although the region was often underestimated for its weaknesses in institutional matters. Indonesia, in particular, provides the rest of the world with evidence of how openness could make the people better off, maintaining its economic success amidst global uncertainties.

Mari Pangestu and Peter Drysdale during the Hadi Soesastro Lecture.

Mari Pangestu and Peter Drysdale during the Hadi Soesastro Lecture.

 

As the discussant of this lecture, Professor Mari Pangestu, Indonesian trade expert and former Indonesian Minister for Trade, pointed out that the Indonesian government still needs to raise people awareness of possible consequence of limiting trade activities with other countries.

 

Minister Rudiantara with Ms Clara Juwono, CSIS Director of External Affairs, during the HSPF Update Book Launch.

Minister Rudiantara with Ms Clara Juwono, CSIS Director of External Affairs, during the HSPF Update Book Launch.

 

Digital Indonesia book discussion panel.

Digital Indonesia book discussion panel.

 

The Lecture was preceded by the launch of the latest Indonesia Update Book entitled Digital Indonesia: connectivity and divergence edited by Ross Tapsell from ANU and Edwin Jürriens from The University of Melbourne which encompasses a wide array of outlooks towards digital phenomena in Indonesia and the effects it has on daily social interactions, human rights, and economic development. The book was launched by the Indonesian Minister for Communications and Information Technology, His Excellency Rudiantara, and was followed by a panel discussion chaired by Yose Rizal Damuri from CSIS. In addition to the two editors, authors Onno W Purbo from XECUREIT, Kathleen Azali from ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, and Grace Citra Dewi from CSIS were also discussing and outlining short summaries of their respective chapters on digital infrastructure, the role of digitalisation in accessing knowledge and the digital economy. Video of the discussion can be viewed through this link. The book Digital Indonesia is available for purchase from CSIS bookshop (in Indonesia) or from ISEAS (international).

The Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum was initiated in 2013 in honor of Hadi Soesastro (1945 – 2010), one of Indonesia’s foremost economists,  well regarded both nationally and internationally. The late Hadi Soesastro was a co-founder of the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and an adjunct professor at the Australian National University. He also received an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree from the Australian National University in July 2009.

Watch the video; download presentation files.

Press coverage of the event: Kompas Ekonomi Digital Belum Terarah

Part of this report was first published in the FKP Indonesia website.