Jakarta. Indonesia hosted a leaders' forum on Thursday (14/12) aimed at strengthening cooperation and political commitment to open governance in the Asia-Pacific region.
Speaking at the opening ceremony in Jakarta, National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro said increasingly complex challenges in development, higher public expectations and changing global contexts must be addressed with a collective effort.
"Not all those challenges can be solved by a government alone. We need collaborative actions to ensure our efforts to tackle development problems have a significant impact for the people," the minister said.
He added that "conducive ecosystems," promoting transparency, accountability, innovation and participation, must be created for better governance and public services.
The 2017 Asia-Pacific Leaders Forum on Open Government (APLF) seeks to provide space for the exchange of knowledge and to facilitate collaboration among development actors in the region.
"We hope the APLF can inspire the inception of many initiatives to foster openness in the development sector," Bambang said.
The Open Government Partnership (OPG) was launched in 2011 by eight countries, including Indonesia, Brazil and the United Kingdom.
More than 500 government representatives, civil society organizations and development stakeholders from 14 OGP countries in Asia Pacific took part in the event.
In 2012, the government established Open Government Indonesia, which is coordinated by the National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, among others.
The global partnership now embraces 74 countries, 15 subnational governments and thousands of civil society organizations.
In his opening remarks, Vice President Jusuf Kalla said a country's progress requires participation from its citizens.
"All governments are faced with various challenges and we need to gain trust of the people through an efficient system [of governance]," Kalla said.
He added that openness paves the way for members of the public to submit suggestions and criticism, which are crucial for the improvement of public services.
Kalla also said the government will continue increasing its transparency and accountability.
The APLF is part of "Voyage to Indonesia," a series of events ahead of the upcoming International Monetary Fund and World Bank annual meeting, scheduled to take place in Bali in October 2018.
Indonesia will also host other high-profile international events next year, including the Our Ocean Conference and the 2018 Asian Games.