Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum 2014

 

Mari Pangestu, Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy during the Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum

Mari Pangestu, Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy during the Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum

 

The Hadi Soesastro Policy Forum is an annual one day policy forum aimed to disseminate and engage discussion on Indonesia’s public policies. In each of this Forum, an Update Book based from Indonesia Update Conference from the previous year is launched. The 2014 Forum was held on 9 June at CSIS in Jakarta and attended by more than 200 people.

Indonesian Finance Minister, HE Dr Chatib Basri, with Budy Resosudarmo during the Book Launch

Indonesian Finance Minister, HE Dr Chatib Basri, with Budy Resosudarmo during the Book Launch

 

Djisman Simandjuntak, Chair of CSIS Board of Directors, opened the Forum, followed by the Book Launch of the 2013 Update book: Regional dynamics in a decentralised Indonesia, edited by Hal Hill and published by ISEAS in 2014 by HE Dr M Chatib Basri, Indonesian Finance Minister.

In his speech, Dr Basri stated that Indonesian government had raised the incentive-disincentive issue for heads of region to improve budget effectiveness. He noted that several problems were currently faced by the government related to fiscal decentralisation. After elaborated, the Minister laid out that budget effectiveness depended on the central government’s capability to plan a mechanism to avoid the principle-agent problem, which theoretically, addressed by ensuring the existence of incentive-disincentive mechanism in order to ensure the agent complying the principle.

The Book Launch was followed by a keynote remarks by HE Dr Mari Pangestu, Indonesian Minister for Tourism and Creative Economy. Dr Pangestu once again stated how important and still relevant are Hadi Soesatro’s trail of thoughts in the current day Indonesia.

Iwan Jaya Azis giving the Hadi Soesastro Lecture

Iwan Jaya Azis giving the Hadi Soesastro Lecture

 

Dr Iwan Jaya Azis from Asian Development BankĀ  delivered Asia in the current global liquidity: Dancing with the system in the Hadi Soesastro Lecture. The Lecture explained the background of Emerging Asia’s excess savings, agents and policies responses and why everyone continues to ‘dance with the system.” Anton Gunawan from University of Indonesia discussed the topic and Djisman Simanjuntak chaired the Lecture.

During Regional dynamics in a decentralised Indonesaia Book discussion

During Regional dynamics in a decentralised Indonesaia Book discussion

 

Discussion on Regional dynamics in a decentralised Indonesia was chaired by Mr James Gilling, Australian Ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Three book authors and the editor, Professor Hal Hill from ANU, Dr Daju Pradnja Resosudarmo from CIFOR, Dr Marcus Mietzner from ANU, and Dr Matthew Wai-Poi from the World Bank.

The Forum ended with an update on Indonesia’s current economics and political situations by Dr Sjamsu Rahardja from the World Bank and Dr Philips J Vermonte from CSIS, chaired by Dr Shafiah Muhibat, also from CSIS.

The Forum was attended by Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Mr Greg Moriarty, Ambassador Wiryono Sastrohandoyo, former Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Professor Anwar Nasution, former Deputy Governor of Bank Indonesia and former Head of BPK. Most attendee were public officials, academics, researchers, and also include NGO activists, students, and the general public. More than 200 people attended, with approximately 30% female.

Media reports

A press conference was held during the Forum. The event was covered by several media:

  • Talking about the world by the Jakarta Post
  • http://bisnis.liputan6.com/read/2060428/prediksi-menkeu-soal-rupiah-bisa-jebol-lewati-12-ribudolar
  • http://ekonomi.metrotvnews.com/read/2014/06/10/250940/menkeu-asia-akan-jadi-penggerak-utama-ekonomi-dunia
  • http://www.kemenkeu.go.id/en/Berita/improving-budget-effectiveness-government-raises-incentive-disincentive-issue-head-region
  • http://www.nomagz.com/2014/06/the-hadi-soesastro-policy-forum-by-csis.html