The Chairman of the Public Accountability Committee Regional Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia (PAP DPD-RI), Prof. Dr. Farouk Muhammad, has concluded his working visit to Canberra on the 27th of April 2011. During the visit, the Chairman of the Public Accountability Committee conducted a series of meetings with the Australian Committee on Law Enforcement Integrity (ACLEI), the Attorney General’s Department (AGD) and AusAID.
During the meeting with the Commissioner of ACLEI, Phillip Moss, and Assistance Secretary of the International Crime Cooperation Division of the AGD, Maggie Jackson, Commissioner Moss provided information on the role and function of ACLEI which includes conducting oversight on the implementation of the duties of law enforcement institutions in Australia. In addition to that, Commissioner Moss expressed his appreciation for the cooperation between Australia and Indonesia in the eradication of corruption especially through the MOU between the Corruption Eradication Commission of the Republic of Indonesia and relevant institutions in Australia through various capacity building programs.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of the Council’s Public Accountability Committee stated that the objective of his visit is to acquire information and experience from Australia on the eradication of corruption, specifically at the provincial state level. He also explained that the oversight system in Australia is very important as input for combating and dealing with corruption at the provincial level in Indonesia.
During his visit, the Chairman of the Public Accountability Committee also conducted a meeting with AusAID, represented by Mat Kimberley, Director of the Indonesia Program, and Luke Arnold, Policy Analyst. The meeting elaborated on several of AusAID’s assistance and cooperation programs which have been conducted in relation to the implementation of regional autonomy in Indonesia through the Australia-Indonesia Partnership for Decentralisation. The Partnership programs are focused on strengthening civil society, education, health, infrastructure, climate change and disaster management, through programs conducted in the eastern region of Indonesia. One of AusAID programs specifically conducted in West Nusa Tenggara was the granting of scholarships for 89 students from West Nusa Tenggara for postgraduate study in various universities in Australia.
The Chairman of the Public Accountability Committee commended the various programs that have been conducted by AusAID. He also encouraged AusAid to design programs connected with increasing the accountability and integrity of provincial government institutions in Indonesia. AusAID welcomed the idea and conveyed their willingness to discuss the idea with Public Accountability Committee Regional Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia.
During the visit, the Chairman of the Public Accountability Committee was accompanied by the officers from the Political Section and the Police Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Canberra)
Canberra, 28 April 2011