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Thu, 2 May 2019

“I hope that UK business will support and enhance cooperation between the two countries as there are a lot of opportunities. We want to move faster and forward in the areas of development and technology and look forward to greater collaboration”. Prof. Dr. Sri Adiningsih, Chair of the Indonesian Presidential Advisory Council

 

This year marks the 70th anniversary of UK-Indonesia diplomatic relations. In light of this important milestone UKABC hosted an Indonesia Briefing that provided an opportunity to hear an update on Indonesia’s economic direction and featured a discussion on how to improve the UK-Indonesia bilateral relationship.

 Speakers included:

  • Dr. Sri Adiningsih, Chair of the Indonesian Presidential Advisory Council
  • H.E. Rizal Sukma, Indonesian Ambassador to the UK
  • Richard Graham MP, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines and the AEC
  • Owen Jenkins, British Ambassador to Indonesia – Designate

We were delighted to welcome Prof. Dr. Sri Adiningsih, Chair of the Indonesian Presidential Advisory Council who provided UKABC partners and guests an update on Indonesia’s economic progress and forward look. She noted Indonesia’s progress in infrastructure development such as the newly launched Mass Rapid Transport in Jakarta but also across the sprawling archipelago that has improved the quality of life in remote places such as Papua.

A key  challenge for the government is to focus on  improving  the quality of its human capital development. Prof Sri Adiningsih stressed the importance of education, upskilling and preparing Indonesians for the future of work due to economic and technological shifts.

Richard Graham MP, PM’s Trade Envoy to Indonesia moderated the discussion and invited UKABC partners and guests to share with Prof Sri Adiningsih their organisations experience in Indonesia and provide constructive feedback that Prof Sri can take back to the President of Indonesia to strengthen the UK-Indonesia trading relationship.

“I hope that UK business will support and enhance cooperation between the two countries as there are a lot of opportunities. We want to move faster and forward in the areas of development and technology and look forward to greater collaboration”.

The areas of discussion included private sector financing of infrastructure projects, regulatory reform to attract capital investments, the plans to move the Indonesian capital from Jakarta to Kalimantan, Komodo bonds, importance of fintech and financial literacy, smart cities and technological development cooperation. Participants also shared their organisations interest in using Indonesia as a base to export to SE Asia and proposed policy reviews to further encourage companies to pursue this. The importance and challenge of reforming government bureaucracy was also highlighted.

The Briefing was also an opportunity to meet with Owen Jenkins, British Ambassador to Indonesia – Designate. He will take up his post in Jakarta at the end of June.

 

Biographies

Owen Jenkins, British Ambassador to Indonesia – Designate

Owen Jenkins joined the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in 1991. His career has focussed on international security and on emerging markets, with postings in Turkey, Argentina, Brussels (EU) and India, with stints in London covering, among other things, the Balkans, Russia and South Asia.

In his most recent role, Owen was the Prime Minister’s Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan, serving under both David Cameron and Theresa May.  He was concurrently the FCO’s Director for South Asia and Afghanistan.

 

Prof. Dr. Sri Adiningsih, Chair of the Indonesian Presidential Advisory Council

Career

  • Chairperson of Presidential Advisory Council (2015-present)
  • Member of Central Bank of Bank Indonesia Supervisory Board (2013-2015)
  • Director of Research and Training Centre of Economics and Business (2013-2015)

Education

  • Doctoral Degree, Economics, University of Illinois, USA (1996)
  • Master’s Degree, Economics Policy, University of Illinois, USA (1989)
  • Bachelor’s Degree, Economic Development, Gadjah Mada University (1985)

Further Reading:

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The Report: Indonesia 2019 by Oxford Business Group

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