ADB supports knowledge sharing among ASEAN supreme audit institutions
Indonesia’s Audit Board Chairperson Moermahadi Soerja Djanegara opened the third regional workshop on enhancing roles of supreme audit institutions (SAIs) in selected ASEAN countries in Jakarta. Deputy Country Director for ADB Indonesia Sona Shrestha in her remarks emphasized SAIs' role in ensuring that public funds are utilized economically, efficiently, and effectively. SAIs' representatives from eight countries attended the workshop, which was supported by ADB through technical assistance on empowering SAIs and fraud prevention.
Indonesia, ADB organize national seminar on strategy for elderly people
Indonesia Minister of National Development Planning and Chair of BAPPENAS, also ADB Alternate Governor Bambang P.S. Brodjonegoro delivered a keynote speech, and Country Director for ADB Indonesia Winfried Wicklein the opening remarks, to this seminar hosted by BAPPENAS in Jakarta. Attended by 110 stakeholders, the seminar discussed issues and strategies to address aging population in Indonesia. ADB is supporting Indonesia with a country diagnostics study on the topic.
Workshop on risk management frameworks at infrastructure state-owned enterprises
Indonesia Finance Ministry's State Financial Risk Management Director Brahmantio Isdijoso and Country Director for ADB Indonesia Winfried Wicklein opened the ADB-supported workshop on risk management frameworks at infrastructure state-owned enterprises. The workshop, attended by over 40 government officials, covered best practices on risk management and monitoring tools for infrastructure SOEs.
Workshop on strengthening resilience through community-driven development
ADB organized a national consultation workshop in Jakarta to share regional lessons on strengthening resilience through community-driven development, attended by government officials and development partners attended. The workshop identified opportunities to strengthen resilience through decentralization processes and government investments in social protection, urban neighborhood upgrading, forestry and environment, village fund and recovery and reconstruction.
ADB joins Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum
At the opening session of the Asia-Pacific Trade Facilitation Forum in Yogyakarta, ADB Vice-President Bambang Susantono highlighted the importance of trade facilitation and the potential of digital technology in further reducing trade costs. Riyadi Ida Bagus Salyo Subali, expert staff for economic development of Yogyakarta Special Region; Edy Putra Irawady, deputy minister of Indonesia's Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs; and Hong Joo Hahm, UN-ESCAP deputy secretary gave opening remarks. ADB Chief Economist Yasuyuki Sawada also launched the report Trade Facilitation and Better Connectivity for an Inclusive Asia and the Pacific, and chaired the forum's high-level panel discussion. See news release.
ADB joins food security conference in Indonesia
ADB Vice-President Bambang Susantono joined high-level speakers in delivering a keynote speech at the International Conference and Congress of The Indonesian Society of Agricultural Economics in Sanur. VP Susantono underscored the need to ensure Asia's food security by increasing productivity of the rural population, integrating rural-urban markets, and working toward climate change adaptation. During this mission, he also delivered a public lecture at Udayana University and visited the Center on Food Availability for Sustainable Improvement.
ADB participates in Indonesia Development Forum 2017
Over 800 development experts, including ADB staff, gathered to discuss solutions to address Indonesia's inequality at the Indonesia Development Forum (IDF) 2017, held on 9-10 August in Jakarta. Indonesia Vice-President Jusuf Kalla opened the forum that was organized by the National Development Planning Ministry (BAPPENAS). ADB's Economic Analysis and Operational Support Director Edimon Ginting, Chief Economist's Advisor Jesus Felipe, Country Director for Indonesia Winfried Wicklein, and Senior Project Officer for Urban Development in Indonesia Siti Hasanah spoke in various sessions at the event.
Indonesia, ADB establish centers of excellence for internal auditors
Indonesia's Home Affairs Minister Tjahjo Kumolo and Deputy Country Director ADB for Indonesia Sona Shrestha delivered remarks at the signing of a memorandum of understanding that establishes Centers of Excellence for regional government's internal auditors in eight leading universities. The ADB-financed initiative was led by the Central Government Internal Auditor (BPKP) to enhance public sector accountability.
Country programming consultations concludes
ADB Country Director Winfried Wicklein and Deputy Country Director Sona Shrestha led country programming discussions with officials from ministries and agencies. The discussions on ADB's forward lending and technical assistance program were part of a series of consultations between ADB sector teams and key stakeholders.