Pledges by the Head of Delegation at the 45th Colombo Plan Consultative Committee Meeting, Suva, Fiji, 28-30 September 2016
Wednesday, 05 October 2016 07:51

Mr. Chairman,

Secretary General of the Colombo Plan,

Distinguished Delegates, Ladies and Gentlement,

Let me begin by thanking the Government of the Fiji for for the hospitality and the excellent organization of the 45th CCM Meeting. I would also extend my appreciation to the Colombo Plan Secretariat and other stakeholders for organizing this important forum.

Mr. Chairman,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

For Indonesia, South-South Cooperation is one of strategies to achieve development goals. Indonesia has integrated South-South Cooperation into its 2014-2019 the Medium-term National Development Goals. This is example of how we view South-South Cooperation to be one of our national priorities.

 

 

Indonesia’s commitment for the importance of South-South Cooperation itself has given birth to the 1955 Asian African Conference in Bandung. In this case, Indonesia initiated the Asian and African solidarity to stand up for their right as free nations who reject injustice and resist all forms of imperialism. And thus, Indonesia has been actively involved in global South-South Cooperation since the 1955 Asian-African Conference. Our cooperation is guided by the principles of South-South Cooperation, namely respect for demand-driven, national sovereignty, national ownership, equality, non-conditionality, mutual benefit and non-interference.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

Colombo Plan is one of Indonesia’s triangular partners for South-South Cooperation. For more than 60 years of partnership Colombo Plan, Indonesia has carried out more than 35 programmes and from those training, has trained at least 1200 participants from Colombo Plan member states.

We are pleased to inform that Indonesia just had organized “Sharing Best Practices on Women and Leadership” in Surabaya, 19-23 September 2016. This program  was intended to alleviate women’s leadership in various sectors of development. Furthermore, from  October 2014 to May 2016, we had organized five programs in cooperation with Colombo Plan, ranging from Sharing Experiences and Best Practices on Public Administration and Good Governance, to Training Course on Empowering Women through Family Planning and Economic Develoment Interventions.

 

In line with Indonesia’s commitment for the South-South Cooperation that is considered as an essential framework for developing countries to address their development challenges, Indonesia also offers “Capacity Building on Enhancing Development Program on SME.” We are in the view that this program can be beneficial in boosting SMEs and its contribution to developing countries’ economics. It is our wish that the Colombo Plan could be an effective platform in supporting developing countries to achieve economic and social development  goals.

 

Indonesia would also like to extend its partnership with Colombo Plan in Gender Affairs Programme. We are ready to offer the activity of Sharing Best Practices and Experiences on Gender Responsive Planning Budgeting or other theme that  are shared points of interest of Colombo Plan member states related to the gender issue and women and children protection.

 

Reiterate our commitment to the South-South Cooperation, Indonesia is ready to work with the Colombo Plan members on technical cooperation programs and continue our partnership with Colombo Plan in providing South-South Cooperation.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

In supporting the Colombo Plan for the future course, we must also admit its challenges ahead. We have to acknowledge that the Organiziation is facing some challenges affected its operation and activities, including financing and unequal support of its programmes. Colombo Plan needs to find innovative sources to strengthen its financial capacity. It is insufficient to be solely dependent on member countries’ contribution. And we must also acknowledge, that the support that is essential for the continuation of the Colombo Plan could only be gained if the member countries are also benefit from the programmes offered by Colombo Plan.

 

Indonesia is of the view that the Colombo Plan should solidify its existing programme while still adapting to the new global challenges. We must encourage all stakeholders to increase their role in further promote and sustain the Colombo Plan programmes. Once again, we must also ensure that the programmes initiated by the Colombo Plan are sustainable and could benefit the member countries in long term so both the member states and the Secretariat can have the feeling of ownership in every single program. We believe, that the success of Colombo Plan could only be achieved by the full support and cooperation from member states and Secretariat.

 

Finally,

Mr. Chairman,

Ladies and Gentlemen,

 

During 65 years of its establishment, Colombo Plan has provided its member states with assistance and sharing of best practices in different fields of economic and social activities as a means of good policy making and governance. We hope that Colombo Plan continues its excellent work in facilitating better collaboration among countries in the region to increase national and collective self-reliance in addressing development challenges in the global age. It is in our belief that by combining our experiences, knowledge, and guiding with the principle of South-South Cooperation,  we can do more for the prosperity of the member states.

 

Thank You.

 

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