Yang terhormat Bapak H.M. Jusuf Kalla, Wakil Presiden RI,
Your Excellency Mr. Sarwar Danesh, Second Vice President, Islamic Republic of Afghanistan,
Your Excellency Ms. Cholpon Sultanbekova, Deputy Prime Minister, Kyrgyz Republik,
Your Excellency Ambassadors,
Your Excellency Ministers from Asia Pacific Countries,
Yang Terhormat para Menteri dari Indonesia,
Governors, Mayors, Regents, Subnational Leaders,
Representative from Development Partners and Civil Society Organizations,
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen.
Assalamu’alaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,
Good Morning to all of you,
May peace be upon us.
OGP is an international commitment that aims to encourage governments to promote transparency, increase public participation, fight corruption, and harness new technologies to make government more open, effective, and accountable. It is also fostering new ways of citizens and public officials working together to solve common problems. OGP was formally launched on September 2011, when the 8 founding governments (Brazil, Indonesia, Mexico, Norway, Philippines, South Africa, United Kingdom, United States) endorsed and announced their action plans. Since then the Partnership has grown to 74 participating countries and 15 subnational governments with over 2,500 commitments to make their governments more open and accountable. The government of Indonesia, as one of the eight founding fathers of Open Government Partnership, launched Open Government Indonesia on January 2012 as a commitment to contextualize the global spirit of openness into national context.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,
As we all may aware, the challenges that we face in development are growing complicated from day to day. Public expectation to government is also getting higher, and the changing global context become a crucial factor in addressing development problems. Not all those challenges could be solved solely by the government. We need collaborative action to ensure that our efforts to tackle development problems have a significant impact to the people. Thus, we have the duty to create a conducive ecosystem which put forward the value of transparency, accountability, innovation and participation in the government process and public service delivery.
Our efforts to address social and economic problems for realize people prosperity are not easy task. We can use open government as a method to boost active participation from many stakeholders to involve in national development agenda. A consolidated action through multi-stakeholders platform will enhance our chance to achieve many development targets. On that basis, Government of Indonesia invites representatives from Asia Pacific countries to share experiences and knowledge in implementing open government initiatives to benefit the countries.
With the theme, “Open Government for Inclusive Development”, we invite government representatives, civil society organizations, academia, private sector and public in general from 17 Asia Pacific countries to this honored forum. The main objectives of this forum are to (i) strengthen political commitment for open government in the region, (ii) provide a space for exchange of knowledge, experience, and practices in implementing open government, and (iii) facilitate potential cooperation and collaboration amongst development actors. More importantly, hopefully this forum can inspire the inception for the many initiatives that foster openness in many development sectors.
Therefore, we are expecting through this forum, all participants, could share their experiences on how the open government initiative contributes positively in the development sectors, such as poverty reduction, economic growth, public service delivery and environmental sustainability. From the subnational leaders and its representatives, we expect to get best practices on how open government benefits to community.
Distinguished ladies and gentlemen,
This forum is also part of Voyage to Indonesia lead to the 2018 IMF – WB Annual Meeting to be held at October 2018 in Bali. Hence, through this forum we also wish to promote what Indonesia has been done to create the inclusive growth. Moreover, Indonesia also wish to strengthen The South-South and The Triangular Cooperation that aims to create more equal global order.
On my last note, I would like to thank all participants who have spared their time to attend this forum. Also, OGP Support Unit, development partners, civil society organizations, who have dedicated your valuable time and resources to arrange the forum successfully. Again, we hope that this forum could be a starting point for further cooperation and collaboration amongst development actors to ensure that open government really matters for our people.
Wassalamu’alaikum Warahmatullohi Wabarakatuh.
Jakarta, 14 December 2017
Minister of National Development Planning /
Head of National Development Planning Agency
Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro