Jakarta on Saturday (21/10) will host the world's largest conference on Indonesian foreign policy. (Reuters Photo/Darren Whiteside)

Jakarta to Host World's Largest Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy


OCTOBER 18, 2017

Jakarta. Jakarta on Saturday (21/10) will host the world's largest conference on Indonesian foreign policy, focusing on the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and the challenges presented by globalization.

The 2017 Conference on Indonesian Foreign Policy, or CIFP, will see thousands of participants and dozens of foreign policy experts. The Jakarta Globe is one of the event's media partners.

"If you've got one day to learn about what's happening around the world, this is the best time to acquire the most recent updates about the international community," CIFP organizer and founder of the Foreign Policy Community Indonesia, Dino Patti Djalal, said during a press conference on Wednesday.

The conference themes were chosen with the 50th anniversary of Asean in mind, and the new perspectives on globalization across the globe.

According to Dino, 6,500 participants have already registered, which illustrates the growing interest in foreign policy, especially among the younger generation of Indonesians.

The one-day event will be divided into 18 sessions covered by 80 speakers discussing effective strategies for globalization, the ongoing Rohingya crisis, the North Korean nuclear threat, as well as the South China Sea dispute.

Dino will open the conference alongside Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy dean Kishore Mahbubani and Malaysia's Minister for Youth and Sports Khairy Jamaluddin.

The closing session will feature People's Consultative Assembly (MPR) Speaker Zulkifli Hasan and Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) chairman Prabowo Subianto, who will talk on the meaning of nationalism in the 21st century.

"We want to raise awareness on internationalism. We are all nationalists, but we should see the world as an opportunity. We want to be a respected international player, contributing to make the world a better place. Nationalism without internationalism will be incomplete," Dino said.

The discussion will feature a number of local government officials, including Bali Governor I Made Mangku Pastika, Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil and Makassar Mayor Ramdhan Pomanto, who will present their strategies to tap into global opportunities.