ERIA and CSIS Hold Panel Discussion and Website Launch

Updated:19 April 2017

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The Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA) and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) hosted a Panel Discussion entitled 'Bagaimana Peneliti Ekonomi Membantu Penyusunan Kebijakan' ('How do Economic Researchers Contribute in Policymaking?') and the official launching of the website www.paradigmaekonomi.

ERIA's President, Prof Hidetoshi Nishimura, expressed his high appreciation of the newly launched website. He also underlined the importance of synergetic relationship between researchers and policymakers to improve the accountability of ASEAN-related policies, particularly Indonesia-focused policies.

'Through this event, we hope that researchers can share their stories and discuss about the process of policymaking. We also hope that economic researchers can continue to actively produce evidence-based formulas to help policymakers in Indonesia,' said CSIS Executive Director Dr Philips J. Vermonte in his welcoming remarks.

ERIA and CSIS invited 16 experts in Indonesian economy to discuss 16 key economic issues and come up with 16 policy notes. The policy notes are downloadable from the website. Chief of Economic Department in CSIS, Dr Yose Rizal Damuri, and Senior Economist of ERIA, Dr Dionisius Narjoko, stated that the website was expected to be a medium of a more structured discussion among economic researchers so that they would be able to better facilitate the needs of policymakers in Indonesia.

Speaking in the discussion from the policymakers' perspective, Dr Denni Puspa Purbasari, the Deputy of Studies and Management of Strategic Economic Issues from the Office of Presidential Staff, stated that as consumers of research products, policymakers and researchers needed to maintain a good working relationship in order to ensure policymakers would get a 'quick help', a great advice, and a quality debate. Policymakers needed researchers who could help reduce bad policies and recommend great ones. Moreover, Dr Purbasari stated that policymakers needed help from researchers in planning, budgeting, monitoring, and evaluating policies using big data from social media.

Dr Della Temenggung from Australia Indonesia Partnership for Economic Governance (AIPEG) stated that unlike academics, development partners often care less about publications. The partners cared more about translating research products into executable policies, thereby acting as a bridge between researchers and policymakers. This bridging role is often the main role played by the development partner. Having the flexibility to bridge any gaps in any phase of policymaking is one of the greatest roles that a development partner could play.

Going forward, ERIA and CSIS will add more research content on the website, add more topics of research, and widen its coverage through social media. Prof Nishimura stated that the website also has great potentials as a forum for private sectors, government agencies, and academia from all over the world to discuss and to provide inputs for the policymaking process based on scientific data and strong academic background. Through this initiative, this website is hoped to encourage and to support Indonesia towards a better policymaking process.

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