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A seminar on Indonesia’s South-South Cooperation: Exploring the Potentials at UB
A seminar on Indonesia’s South-South Cooperation: Exploring the Potentials at UB
In South-South partnership scheme, Indonesia is increasingly active to provide lots of assistance to the entire developing countries. East Timor and Kyrgyzstan are examples of developing countries which have received the benefits of KSST (South South and Triangular Partnership) Indonesia, through agriculture and livestock support programs for instance.

Director of Foreign Policy and International Development Cooperation, Ministry of National Development Planning/National Development Planning Agency Dewo Broto Joko Putranto, SH, LLM mentioned the desire of Indonesia to become a donor country as an effort to achieve its national interests.

"Many people ask to me, in Indonesia there are still many of its residents who lack, but why just want to provide funding to other countries? This mindset is need to be changed because according to us by providing funding assistance to developing countries, it means we can expand influence to the countries we provide assistance. Our principle is giving hands is better than receiving," said Dewo Broto in a seminar on Indonesia's South-South Cooperation: Exploring the Potentials at Brawijaya University, Tuesday (14/Nov/2017).

Dewo Broto explained that the principles to be developed in South South Cooperation is different from North South Cooperation. In the first one, principle to be used is win win solution which developing opportunities of both parties by not having intervention to other countries' policy.

Meanwhile in North South Cooperation, the principle is donor recipient of which the partnership is made will be provitable for north countries rather than to be balanced.

"In the future, our desire is not only providing assistance but also loans. With this we can have support for market penetration in marketing made in Indonesia products," he said.

One form that has been implemented by Indonesia to the countries who are joined in South South partnership is training and technical guidance on human resource empowerment in East Timor in Artificial Insemination program.

Head of BBIB (Artificial Insemination Great Hall) Singosari dr. Enniek Herwiyanti explained that there are many benefits achieved from the program. For Indonesia is a mean to promote its excellence particularly in livestock areas (artificial insemination). In this regard, Indonesia is well known as a producer in high quality cement and centre for artificial insemination training. The second benefit is increasing Indonesia's reputation in the world due to its success in organizing KSST program. By the artificial insemination program, Indonesia can also increase people to people contact by providing broader opportunities for communities to interact with developing countries.

For the countries that given the training, they are able to improve knowledge and expertise of its human resources as well as improvement of work ethic through technology transfer provided by BBIB Singosari.

General Director of Agriculture, Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture Timor Leste, Maria Odete Do Ceu Guterres, MSC said that a partnership between Indonesia and East Timor is beneficial for agricultural-community empowerment through a supervision with colleges such as Brawijaya University in doing technology transfer.

"We have development strategy with a target to reduce imports of foreign products like rice. However, this is not an easy thing. Therefore, we hand-in-hand with universities for a technical guidance. We assumed that through the research which accomplished by academicians can help us in empowering agricultural society," she said.

So far, imports from East Timor to Indonesia are in forms of coffee seed, buffalo, woods, seed oil, and hematite. Meanwhile exports of Indonesia to East Timor are in forms of tobacco, palm oil, kitchen-set, motor-vehicle, electronics and office stationary. [Oky Dian/Humas UB/trans. Denok]




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