Innovation and Change: Forging the New Indonesia-Canada Partnership

CIGI, in partnership with Indonesia’s Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is undertaking a timely project to investigate the potential in Canada-Indonesia relations and Canada’s linkages with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Researchers are exploring and building awareness of the economic opportunities that exist for both countries through closer business ties, while also examining the critical nexus between economic and security issues in the Southeast Asian region.

The project is centered on the two-day Canada-Indonesia Forum, hosted by CSIS, in Jakarta on May 26 and 27, 2015. The event will bring together business executives, policy experts, and government officials from both countries to discuss matters of critical importance to all stakeholders. The economic areas to be addressed at the Canada-Indonesia Forum will include infrastructure development, energy and resource development, agriculture and food security, and financial services. The Forum will also investigate innovations and cooperation in governance and institution building, in education and programs for youth, and in managing threats to regional security.

Following the Canada-Indonesia Forum, CIGI and CSIS will release a report featuring conclusions from the Forum as well as practical and actionable recommendations for businesses, governments and other actors aimed at further developing the Canada-Indonesia partnership in the twenty-first century both in bilateral terms and within the larger ASEAN region.