Lessons from Indonesia – Invest in Regional Integration
on the development of democracy in the Asia Pacific region.
The Forum aims at fostering dialogue-based regional and international cooperation in the field of peace and democracy through sharing of experiences and best practices that adhere to the principles of equality, mutual respect and understanding. The participating countries share ownership of the Forum.
It has attracted more than 70 participants and more than 150 observers from around the world.
Democracy is not just about the right of expression and holding of successful elections, said Arby.
In this year’s Bali Forum, the main topic will be ‘Evolving democratic architecture: The challenges of political development, public participation and socioeconomic progress.’
More significantly, it will be President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono’s final Forum as Indonesia’s signals its determination to promote and consolidate democracy through the results of a draft Bill on local elections.
Whatever the result of the Bill will be, it will have a bearing not only in Indonesia, but also other developing countries, on how to manage democratic processes.
The Bali Forum reached its high point in 2012, when 12 world leaders and representatives from 81 countries and international organisations attended it. Kenya has participated in all the forums since the fourth one in 2011.
Now in its seventh year, the