ANU Indonesia Project News no. 21, January-June 2016


Roundtable with HE Minister Luhut Pandjaitan and Indonesian Delegation


The Indonesia – Australia High Level Policy Dialogue 2016 was held on 7 March at the Ministry of Finance in Jakarta. Based on the preparatory meeting and subsequent discussions between the Indonesia Project and Indonesia’s Ministry of Finance, the topics covered industrial policy, fiscal policy and reform, as well as the international economy.

Understanding the most recent challenges in Indonesian economic development regarding the switch from a natural resource to an industrialised economy, the 2016 HLPD examined the key issues in industrial sector development potentials in Indonesia. The following issues were discussed: (1) How can fiscal policy help governments achieve their objective of inclusive economic growth? (2) How can government support industry to achieve economic growth? and (3) What is the role of the international economy in helping government achieve its inclusive growth objective? The three broad topics discussed were Fiscal Policy Reform, Current Industrial Reform and Challenges, and the International Economy.

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Following the great reception of the 2014 and 2015 FKP Roadshows, the FKP Organizing Committee arranged another in March 2016 in collaboration with Universitas Syiah Kuala, Banda Aceh on 14 March, Universitas Airlangga, Surabaya on 15 March, and Universitas Jambi on 16 March.
Dr Arianto Patunru from ANU Indonesia Project presented ‘Foreign content in Indonesia’s exports’ and Dr Khoirunurrofik from FEB UI discussed the challenges and opportunities in Indonesian maritime connectivity, in all three locations. Various other speakers also presented.

In total, 8 papers were presented during the Road Show; more than 200 people attended at Universitas Syiah Kuala, about 150 at Universitas Airlangga, and about 40 at Universitas Jambi, so in total almost 400  people attended the events.

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Minister of Finance, Bambang Brodjonegoro during lecture.

Minister of Finance, Bambang Brodjonegoro during the public lecture.


Professor Bambang Brodjonegoro, Indonesian Minister of Finance, delivered a public lecture entitled Indonesia: sustaining economic development in a volatile world to an audience of more than 200 people at the ANU on 24 March 2016.

The video and presentation from the Public Lecture are available on our YouTube Channel  and photos from the Minister’s visit are available on our Facebook page.


Sadli Lecture 2016

The tenth Sadli Lecture


On 12 April 2016, the ANU Indonesia Project, in collaboration with the Institute for Economic and Social Research, Faculty of Economics and Business – Universitas Indonesia (LPEM FEB UI) and the Indonesia Services Dialogue (ISD) held the Tenth Sadli Lecture and International Services Summit 2016. Professors Mari Pangestu of Universitas Indonesia and Christopher Findlay of The University of Adelaide delivered a lecture to an audience of more than 250 on the “Services Sector as a Driver of Change: Indonesia Experience in the ASEAN Context”, based on a paper in the April edition of the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES).



Thee Kian Wie Distinguished Visiting Professor Iwan Jaya Azis


Professor Iwan Azis is currently at the ANU Indonesia Project as the Thee Kian Wie Distinguished Visiting Professor. He has been teaching economics at the University of Indonesia since 1977 and at Cornell University since 1992. He was the chairman of the department of economics (1984-1992), and the director of the Inter-University Center for Economics (1986-1992) at the University of Indonesia. During 2005-2010 he was the director of graduate studies at the Regional Science Program, Cornell University. His latest publications are: Managing Elevated Risk (Springer, 2015), ‘ASEAN’s Need to Rebalance: More Regional than Global?’ in Transpacific Rebalancing (Brookings Institution Press, 2015), and How Capital Flows in the Midst of Excess Savings Affect Macrofinancial Vulnerability (Asian Development Review, 2015).

Professor Azis gave the talk, Managing elevated risks – The 14th HW Arndt Memorial Lecture on the difficulties facing emerging markets on 5 April 2016. Attended by more than 100 people, the event was opened by Professor Margaret Harding, ANU Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), and chaired by Professor Hal Hill.

You can listen to the podcast of this event.


The 2016 4th Indonesian Development Research Network (IDRN), jointly organised by the ANU Indonesia Project and The SMERU Research Institute, was held on 16-17 May in Bandung, West Java. It was attended by more than 50 researchers from various institutes in Indonesia and Australia.

The aim was to provide Indonesian research institutes with a platform to present and discuss their current research in the area of economic development and policy, with particular focus on: (i) Macroeconomics, Trade & Industry, (ii) Social Policy, Labour Markets & Human Capital, (iii) Socio-political Economy & Governance, and (iv) Agriculture, Environment & Resources.

This two-day research workshop included one day of paper presentations by the winners of the call for papers, and one day of presentations by the recipients of the 2015/2016 research grants.  Selected papers from the call for paper process were discussed in detail by senior researchers from Australia and Indonesia.

The SMERU Research Institute has created a playlist of podcasts from the workshop:…

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Book co-editor John McCarthy with several recipients of the newly-launched book

Book co-editor John McCarthy with several recipients of the newly-launched book


The Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum and Update book launch was held on 1 June, at CSIS, Jakarta. Dr Chia Siow Yue delivered a public lecture on ASEAN’s economic directions and challenges, and the pivotal role of Indonesia. Dr Chia is Senior Research Fellow at the Singapore Institute of International Affairs.

The public lecture was followed by the book launch and discussion of the 2015 Indonesia Update book, Land and development in Indonesia: searching for the people’s sovereignty, edited by Kathryn Robinson and John McCarthy.

This year’s Forum featured a special panel on the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which discussed labour movement, financial integration and business competitiveness in the AEC. 150 people attended the event, including H.E. Hamzah Thayeb, former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia. Professor Budi Mulyanto, Director General for Land Acquisitions (Ministry of Agrarian and Spatial Planning/National Land Agency), who is also professor of soil science at the Bogor Agricultural Institute, launched the book.

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The Update book was also launched in Padang on 2 June at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, Andalas University.

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The Update Book was also launched at Charles Darwin University (CDU) in Darwin during the Understanding Indonesia Conference on 17-18 June 2016.

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Book launches will also be held in Canberra and another city in Australia at a later date.


Minister Luhut Pandjaitan during the public lecture

Minister Luhut Pandjaitan during the public lecture at ANU


His Excellency General Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Indonesian Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs, a key member in the Jokowi administration, presented a public lecture on 9 June 2016 at the ANU. The topic of the lecture was on solving security issues in Indonesia.

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BIES April 2016 Issue

In April, the Bulletin of Indonesian Economic Studies (BIES) published issue 52.1. For more information, see ANU Indonesia Project blog. The next issue is due out in August.

In June, BIES received an impact factor of 0.697 in the latest release of Thomson Reuters’ Journal Citation Reports, placing it among the world’s top 20 area-studies journals. BIES is also among the top 20 Asian-studies journals, according to Google Scholar Metrics, and in the second quartile of development journals in SCImago’s Journal Rankings.

For more on BIES, follow the journal on Twitter, Facebook, or the new BIES blog.

Forum Kajian Pembangunan (FKP) in Review

Six years and 254 events between 2010 and June 2016…

Indonesia Study Group

Fifteen Indonesia Study Group (ISG) seminars were held in the first half of 2016, presented by 19 speakers…

Visiting Fellowship Program

There have been three visitors in the period January-June 2016:

  • Mr Rumayya Batubara (The University of Western Australia, Hadi Soesastro Prize 2015 recipient), February-May
  • Dr Muhammad Halley Yudhistira (The University of Indonesia), May-June
  • Dr Onno W Purbo, May-June

Dr Teguh Yudo Wicaksono (Survey Meter) will visit in August.

Research Grants and Research Travel Grant

We would like to extend our sincere congratulations to the nine 2016/2017 ANU Indonesia Project and SMERU Research Institute Research Network Grant recipients. Recipients for the sixth round of Research Travel Grants have been also been announced.



Following The 10th Sadli Lecture in Jakarta, the ANU Indonesia Project together with Gadjah Mada University (UGM), held an Eminent people talk the walk seminar at UGM on 14 April. The ANU Indonesia Project sponsored Professor Mari Pangestu from the University of Indonesia and Professor Christopher Findlay from the University of Adelaide to present a talk on service sector development in Indonesia.

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On 15 April 2016, Associate Professor Budy Resosudarmo, Head of ANU Indonesia Project (The Project), gave a talk at the Faculty of Economics, Sebelas Maret University (UNS) in Solo.

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On 11 April Pierre van der Eng presented a new paper entitled “Perpetual Dutch disease: Indonesia’s long-term path of industrialisation” at an economic history seminar hosted by Professor Denggao Long at Tsinghua University, Beijing.

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The ANU Indonesia Project, represented by its Head, Associate Professor Budy Resosudarmo, held a meeting with the University of Syiah Kuala (Unsyiah) in Banda Aceh on 14 March 2016, shortly after the FKP Roadshow at the same university.

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Together with approximately 15 other institutions, including the Centre of Economics and Development Studies (CEDS) Padjadjaran University and the Institute for Economic and Social Research (LPEM) Universitas Indonesia, the Indonesia Project is supporting the establishment of a new institution: the Economy and Environment Institute Indonesia (EEI-Indonesia).

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On Wednesday 22 June, the ANU Indonesia Project held a roundtable discussion at the ANU with a delegation from Akademi Ilmu Pengetahuan Indonesia (AIPI), the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education (Kemenristekdikti) and Knowledge Sector Initiatives (KSI).

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July 2016

21 July. Update book launch in Canberra

29 July. Update book launch in Sydney

September 2016

16-17 September. Indonesia Update 2016. Digital Indonesia: challenges and opportunities of the digital revolution

November 2016

BIES Economic Dialogue & Forum (tba)

December 2016

Young Scientist Forum (tba)