ISD Held the International Services Summit 2016

Jakarta, 12 April 2016

ISD Held the International Services Summit 2016

April 12th, 2016. This day remarks another important milestone for the Indonesia Services Dialogue (ISD) Council. In collaboration with the Institute for Economics and Social Research, Universitas Indonesia, and Indonesia Project, Australian National University, ISD proudly presents the 10th Sadli Lecture and the International Services Summit 2016, The Services Sectors as a Driver of Change.

Attended by more than 300 key stakeholders in services sectors—academician, private sector, and government agencies—the 10th Sadli Lecture & International Services Summit 2016 is officially opened by Mr. Thomas Trikasih Lembong, the Minister of Trade Republic of Indonesia.

In his welcoming remarks, Mr. Lembong appreciates ISD initiatives to promote growth and greater efficiency in Indonesia’s services sectors.

“I really welcome the 10th Sadli Lecture and International Services Summit 2016. This good initiative should remind us that our today’s world is driven by services and services-related sectors. The potential is huge, and it might occur among nations,” said Mr. Lembong.

Likewise, Professor Mari Elka Pangestu also underlines the same point in her Presentation Session of the 10th Sadli Lecture.

“Based on the paper written by me and Professor Findlay, we can conclude that despite the growth of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) and employment in Indonesia’s services sectors, Indonesia is still left behind if we compare it to other ASEAN countries. It indicates that we are lacking in competitiveness. Our share of services exports, in terms of GDP and other services components, is still lower than our neighbor countries,” uttered Professor Mari Elka Pangestu.

After the Discussion Session of the 10th Sadli Lecture, Director-General of the World Trade Organization, Mr. Roberto Azevêdo, who is managed to visit Jakarta the same day, delivers his speech. He especially emphasizes that services sectors are inseparable from trade.

In the Luncheon Remarks of the International Services Summit 2016, three Ministers from Working Cabinet send a very clear message to the audiences that development of services sectors is compulsory to improve economic growth. Mr. Ignasius Jonan (Minister of Transportation Republic of Indonesia), Mr. Rudiantara (Minister of Communications and Information Technology Republic of Indonesia), and Mr. Bambang Brodjonegoro (Minister of Finance Republic of Indonesia) repeatedly mention that services sectors, especially one related to technology, has changed the face of Indonesia.

In the Panel Session, ISD features five distinguished panelists. They are Mr. Yos Adiguna Ginting (Director PT HM Sampoerna & ISD Board of Founders), Jane Drake-Brockman (Co-Convenor Asia-Pacific Services Coalition & Board Member of the Australian Services Roundtable), Ann Lavin (Director of Public Policy for APAC and Greater China, Google Inc.), Cynthia Dearin (Board Member of the Australian Services Roundtable), and Anthony Fung (CEO Zalora Indonesia).

In this nice occasion, Indonesia Services Dialogue Council also signs the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the Australian Services Roundtable (ASR). Both Coalitions agree to develop knowledge exchange in order to promote best practices in services sectors. The MoU is the comprehensive result from the ASR visit to Jakarta last March.