Indonesia South South Forum :
Strengthening State Policy for Enhancing South-South Cooperation
With the background of strengthening the linkage between government and academia on South South Cooperation, University of Brawijaya organized one day workshop on “Indonesia South South Forum : Strengthening State Policy for Enhancing South-South Cooperation” on February 1, 2012, in Malang Indonesia. The Workshop was officially open by State Minister for Development Planning/Chairman of National Development Planning Agency. The workshop was attended by representatives from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Secretariat, and Ministry of Finance; representatives of international organizations such as JICA, the World Bank and GIZ; practioners, private sector and national banks and 10 universities in Indonesia.
This workshop was the first and unprecedented workshop organized by University of Brawijaya that specifically addresses the issues South South Cooperation. The objectives of the Workshop is to identify the government policy on SSC in the midst of global dynamism ; to better understand the principles of the Indonesian Grand design on SSC and provide recommendations on how to synergize the involvement of stakeholders and the role of academia in SSC.
The workshop recognized that South South Cooperation (SSC) is a strategic course of action to develop Indonesia capacity in the international arena. The commitment of Indonesian Government’s on SSC was clearly outlined in a draft of Indonesia SSC grand design 2011-2025. The interesting debate occurred when the participants discuss the meaning of the spirit of cooperation in the SSC and that it is not easy to build solidarity. Further, the participants underlined the importance of mapping Indonesia capacity in a more comprehensive and integrated way. Coordination is matter and require strong political commitment and equally important is monitoring and evaluation. International organizations could play an important role in connecting academia to knowledge sources .
The workshop was clearly a manifestation of the strong commitment of the academia in getting more involve in SSC and filling the gap between government and academia in development issues. This is also shows that Bangkok Call has begun to take root in the academia.
The timing of this workshop could not be more appropriate when there are unprecedented challenges in SSC that require the involvement of academia and that the academic community must rise to face these challenges. Academia are in better position to create knowledge sharing through integrating differing disciplines. Therefore networking between academic networks through creating knowledge hub is more important than ever before and that cooperation and networking among the academia is crucial to fully leverage the potential of academia in SSC.
The workshop is one of a series of activities of Brawijaya University which to be followed by Asia Pacific South South University Forum schedule to be held in the mid of 2012 in Malang, Indoensia.