Given its current leadership and the structural changes that have been made, the effectiveness of the new policies and regulations of the Indonesian Government have been brought into question by both critics and the public alike, especially with regard to the steady loosening of market regulations.
It is against such a background that the KDI School of Public Policy and Management, alongside KOICA, have co-hosted a 3-year traineeship for the new policymakers, beginning with a two-week program held between August 5 and August 18. The objective was to broaden and deepen the understanding of analysts and officials of the Cabinet Secretariat of the Republic of Indonesia on the policies for effective regulations.
The traineeship was designed to enhance the capacity of the participants to learn how to reduce and simplify inefficient regulations through the minimization of trials and errors during the stages of policy design and implementation. Ultimately, the participants were encouraged to absorb insights on Korea’s deregulation experience with the aspiration to disseminate the acquired expertise back in Indonesia.
This year, ten qualified, senior managers of the Indonesian government were invited to partake in the 3-year program for purposes of training. It is of great importance that Indonesia is the first country of the ASEAN Foundation to be linked to South Korea in a strategic alliance.
Besides attending comprehensive lectures on the factors contributing to Korea’s rapid economic development, the Indonesian managers were sent on-site visits during the traineeship to provide them with a comprehensive understanding of the way reforms are implemented in Korea. The trainees were given in-depth exposure to topics such as Korea’s Policy Experiences, Korea’s Regulation Reforms and Empowerment for Public Administration. Hence, the venues they visited included the Incheon Free Economic Zone, Sejong Smart City Center, and the Presidential Archives & Exhibit Hall as part of their curriculum.
A seminar concluded the intensive weeks of training. It helped the Indonesian officials hone their learning and practices and reflect on their experiences, and finished with effective and efficient Regulatory Impact Assessment writing skills being imparted for them to take home to Indonesia,
The program, however, is not complete yet. There are two more training sessions to come. These sessions have been planned to train several specialists of the Indonesian Government in 2019, and working level staffs of the Government in 2020. Each cohort will come to grips with different topics regarding regulations and policies. The extensive and intensive training being provided will ultimately strengthen the new Indonesian government in many ways and as a whole. We believe that these future sessions will be as successful as this year’s session was.