Today (11/5), H.E. Ir Wismana Adi Suryabrata, Deputy Minister for Development Funding Affairs and H.E. Vincent Guérend, EU Ambassador to Indonesia, jointly launched the Blue Book 2016, an annual report on EU-Indonesia development cooperation. The report demonstrates the success stories of the substantial development aid that the EU and its Member States provide to Indonesia.
The European Union and its Member States were the world's leading aid donor in 2015, providing more than half of the total Official Development Assistance. This amounted to €68 billion in 2015, highlighting the EU's commitment to development and supporting the new Sustainable Development Goals. In Indonesia, the EU has built close cooperation promoting reforms in diverse areas through its assistance programmes.
"Over the last ten years, the EU has contributed more than half a billion Euro of grant assistance to Indonesia, targeting basic education, good governance, forestry and land use, as well as climate change. The EU has also been supporting trade, economic development and health services," said EU Ambassador Vincent Guérend.
The theme of the 2016 report on EU-Indonesia development cooperation – good governance – symbolises the EU goal of supporting democracy, transparency and accountability in decision-making, as well as inclusiveness in the representation of all stakeholders. Highlighting these commitments, the Blue Book launch featured a panel discussion on “Good governance: transparency and accountability”.
"The European Union and its Member States have numerous initiatives on good governance – an area that is central in delivering the sustainable and inclusive economic growth required to reduce poverty effectively," noted Ambassador Vincent Guérend.
Good governance is linked to how public institutions conduct their role, manage public resources, and promote and protect human rights, while countering abuse and corruption and prioritising the rule of law. In this context, the European Union supports justice reforms through a programme of €10 million improving the accountability and integrity of justice services, while another initiative on public finance management (€10 million) is devoted to improving the collection, allocation, usage and control of public resources. Other key actions include initiatives promoting transparent public procurement, as well as projects providing governance reforms in the areas of environment, marine and land natural resources (forestry, peatland, fisheries) and climate change. This is complemented by programmes supporting human rights and civil society.
The panel discussion was held by representatives of the Indonesian government, parliament, and civil society as well as EU Member States Ambassadors: Hon. Dr Ir Hetifah Sjaifudian (Member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia), Dr Pahala Naninggolan (Deputy Chairman of the Corruption Eradication Commission KPK), Mr Dadang Trisasongko (Secretary General of Transparency International Indonesia), H.E. Vincent Guérend (EU Ambassador to Indonesia), H.E. Georg Witschel (Ambassador of Germany) and H.E. Casper Klynge (Ambassador of Denmark).
To highlight the importance accorded to EU-Indonesia development cooperation, the EU launched its new report in the framework of Europe Month. Throughout the month of May, the EU Delegation in Indonesia is organising a series of enriching and thought-provoking events to mark the EU’s birthday and to present the scope of work and diversity of activities the EU undertakes in Indonesia. The celebration of Europe Day – the birthday of the EU on 9 May - draws on how Europeans have come together to work for peace and prosperity, while highlighting the continent's many different cultures, traditions and languages.
The report is available online at: http://bit.ly/eubluebook