Indonesian Foreign Minister at the 11th BDF: Democracy Must be Inclusive and Benefit Everyone

Nusa Dua, Bali: Inclusivity is the key to success of democracy; democracy that can be accessed and enjoyed by everyone. Foreign Minister Marsudi affirmed the message on the key to success for democracy in a press statement after opening the 11th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) in Bali today (6/12).

“The sustainable democracy must be maintained through learning from each other and building strong collaboration between fellow democratic countries," she said.

Foreign Minister Retno said that during the first ten years, BDF has showed Indonesia's contribution to the improvement of democratic values, pluralism and modernization, both in the Asia Pacific region, and at the global level.

BDF Chapter Tunis and Chapter Berlin have been conducted, respectively in 2017 and 2018. Both forums provided an opportunity to exchange ideas on the implementation of democracy and its challenges in other regions with the aim to enrich the democracy.

In the future, according to Foreign Minister Retno, BDF will continue to consistently promote the values of democracy.

Entering the 2nd decade, BDF has changed the meeting format compared with the BDF's implementation in the last 10 years. The 11th BDF will use a simpler format so as to provide more time and space for participants to conduct interactive discussions.

“By DBF, the Government of Indonesia shall continue to attempt to show that democracy is a tool to eliminate inequality and to reduce gap. Democracy also provides opportunities for the economic and politic progress in balanced manner," explained Foreign Minister Retno.

During 2 days of BDF implementation, the delegations will hold discussions and consider how democracy shall help the prosperity for all by keeping taking into account sustainability.

For the first time BDF presented economic actors in panel discussions in order to share experiences regarding the role of democracy in supporting business success, and their contributions to the progress of democracy.

In addition, academics and experts attended to answer the ways to form democratic institutions, inclusive and sustainable prosperity, and innovation in technology.

At the same time, the 2nd Bali Democracy Students Conference (BDSC) and the first Bali Civil Society and Media Forum (BCSMF) will be held in parallel. Both forums were conducted in order to make inclusive and comprehensive discussions from a varied perspectives.

“We need the energy of these millennials to continue to struggle in promoting democracy," said Foreign Minister Retno. “While BCSMF meetings or forums is used to review the role civil society and media as a counterweight and complement to the process of the growth of democracy," she said further.

The 11th BDF has been officially opened by Foreign Minister Retno together with the President of Nauru, Baron Divavesi Waqa in Balic Nusa Dua Convention Centre this morning (6/12). The meeting will be held until tomorrow (7/12) and attended by approximately 420 delegations from 92 countries and 7 international organizations. The theme is Democracy for Prosperity. BDF aims as a forum for countries to exchange experiences and to learn from each other.​