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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia provides a forum for civil society and media practitioners to discuss democracy through the 5th Bali Civil Society and Media Forum (BCSMF). The BCSMF international forum is part of the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) series and has been officially opened by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Director General of Information and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Teuku Faizasyah at the opening of the 5th Bali Civil Society Media Forum in Bali Wednesday (06/12) which was monitored virtually highlighted the important role of the media and civil society, particularly amid the global situation in facing various challenges.

“ Today we continue to face challenges, affecting the very foundations of democracy and Humanity. we face existential threats caused by main disasters such as from war to global catastrophe due to climate change,” Faizasyah pointed out.

Moreover, Teuku Faizasyah further conveyed there is a need to strengthen the fundamental values of democracy, pluralism, and inclusiveness. He noted through the democratic process, all democratic countries need to strengthen, respect human rights, and fight against intolerance and discrimination. They must also promote the principle of inclusiveness, legitimacy, relevance, and democracy.

“There is a need to strengthen democratic leadership through dialogue and share its responsibility. Surely each country has its own national interest and needs. Therefore there is always the potential for conflicting interests among nations. Hence, we need to promote a democratic leadership process that can bring and align divergence of interest while ensuring an inclusive process. We also share similar responsibilities to promote more democratic global governance,” Faizasyah noted.
Furthermore, Teuku Faizasyah conveyed that in the midst of global change, there is an urgent need to move onward with the effort to promote democratic values and process// RRIVOI/ AF.






Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elnur Mammadov in Jakarta Tuesday (6/12) said that in 30 years of diplomatic relations between the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Republic of Indonesia, the two countries have developed an attitude of mutual trust that should be celebrated. This was conveyed during his visit to Indonesia in order to attend the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF).

Elnur Mammadov said the significant geographical distance between the two countries did not dampen the spirit of the two countries to continue to forge cooperation in various fields and levels. Indonesia and Azerbaijan started diplomatic relations in 1992 when Azerbaijan had just won independence.

"Because we understand that there is a geographic distance between the two states and you should not be taking this for granted that this relationship will thrive, so you need to put efforts for this relationship to prosper and that is what we are doing by paying these visits,"  Elnur Mammadov said in Jakarta on Tuesday.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Azerbaijan Elnur Mammadov added that in the last 30 years Indonesia and Azerbaijan have developed cooperation and dialogue, not only at the bilateral level, but also multilaterally.

Indonesia and Azerbaijan also frequently share views in international forums such as the UN General Assembly, and meetings of non-aligned countries, including meetings of Islamic cooperation countries. In addition, the two countries also exchange visits, both at the ministerial level to members of parliament.

Elnur Mammadov hopes that the leaders of the Indonesian and Azerbaijani governments will soon be able to meet in a bilateral meeting so that the cooperation between the two can continue to be enhanced. (voi/Andy/edit r)





Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Ta Van Thong spoke to the media in Jakarta on Tuesday in light of the upcoming 30th anniversary of Indonesia and Vietnam's bilateral relations.

The Ambassador said that Indonesia has always been supporting Vietnam in many instances, especially, he noted in 1975 when the US and Western Block imposed an economic embargo on Vietnam.

"At that time we faced several difficulties and Indonesia was always there for Vietnam. Indonesia was present and hosted an international conference, the Jakarta International Meeting (JIM 1 and JIM 2, and a Cambodian solution was reached and the embargo and sanctions were lifted from Vietnam, so we could expand relations with other countries in the world," Ta Van Thong said during the year-end meeting of the Vietnamese Embassy with the media in Jakarta, Tuesday (6/12).

Ambassador Ta Van Thong added that in 1995 Indonesia was also the first ASEAN member country to support Vietnam to become an ASEAN country.

"Not all ASEAN members at that time expressed their support for our membership, but Indonesia was the first member and was also behind our efforts in ASEAN," he said.

"The membership in ASEAN was really our turning on for Vietnam in our efforts to integrate more into the international community in all political, economic, and other areas," he added.

In 2023 Indonesia and Vietnam will celebrate 10 years of strategic partnership. Friendly relations between Indonesia and Vietnam have existed since before 1945 and were inaugurated on December 30, 1955. Since then bilateral relations and multidimensional cooperation have been fostered and fostered by various generations of leaders and people in both countries. (VOI/AHM/edit)





Bank Indonesia (BI) Governor Perry Warjiyo has said that he is optimistic about Indonesia's digital finance growth outlook for 2023 despite the global economic stagnation expected the same year.

During a coordination meeting of the Regional Digitization Acceleration and Expansion Team (TP2DD), which was followed from here on Tuesday, he said that by 2023, the total transaction value in the national e-commerce ecosystem would reach Rp572 trillion, while digital banking transactions would reach Rp67,600 trillion and electronic cash transaction Rp508 trillion.

The digital payment industry has become more integrated than ever due to the presence of BI-FAST service, which is used by 75 percent of national financial service providers, QR Code Indonesia Standard (QRIS), and domestic government credit cards, Warjiyo pointed out.

He said that the total number of QRIS users in Indonesia reached 30 million in November 2022 and their number is expected to increase to 45 million by 2023.

The central bank governor said that digitalization has helped residents to pay for their needs, including taxes and retributions, increased efficiency, and supported financial governance.

Meanwhile, at least 283 regional authorities have been digitized, an increase of 42 percent year on year from 199 regional authorities in the year-ago period, he informed.

Warjiyo said that to bolster digitization, the authority must enact strong regulations at the central and regional government levels that mandate the development and expansion of the digital ecosystem through the provision of information technology infrastructures to reduce the gap between regions.

Integrating regional financial management systems nationwide, bolstering synergy between stakeholders, and enhancing cooperation between regional governments and marketplaces to facilitate taxation and retribution payment is also essential, he added.

Sharing Warjiyo's optimism, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto said that 65 percent of regional authorities will be digitized by 2023.

"In 2023, we target 65 percent of regional authorities to be digitized," he stated. (Antaranews)

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