Kedutaan Besar Republik Indonesia
Ottawa
Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia
Ambassade de la RÉpublique d'Indonésie

The Parliament of Indonesia in a Globalized World: The 127th Assembly of the IPU and Related Meetings

Indonesia's Head of Delegation/Deputy Speaker of Indonesia's House of Representatives, Mr. Priyo Budi Santoso, delivered a statement at the 127th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Related Meetings Quebec City, Canada, 23 October 2012

To Indonesia and Canada, 2012 is truly special, as they celebrate their 60th Anniversary on October 9. In the spirit of cooperation and celebration, various activities are carried out throughout the year, involving the Governments, Parliaments, academicians, business communities and peoples of both countries. In this momentous year, the Canada-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Group was revived on 27 March 2012. It is in this year as well that the 127th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union and Related Meetings were convened in Quebec City, Canada, on 21-26 October 2012, providing opportunities for Indonesia and Canada to increase their parliamentary cooperation and enhance their role in the global world. The Indonesian Delegation, which was headed by Mr. Priyo Budi Santoso, the Deputy Speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives, consisted of the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Board of the Indonesian House of Representatives, the Inter-Parliamentary Relations Committee of the Indonesian House of Regional Representatives, the Secretary General of the Indonesian House of Representatives, the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Canada, the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Toronto and a representative from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Vancouver.

The Indonesian Delegation also had bilateral meetings with the Delegations from the Parliament of Canada, Parliament of Thailand and Parliament of Serbia in Quebec City, on 24 October 2012.

The Signing of Joint Declaration by Canada-Indonesia and Indonesia-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Groups, Quebec City, Canada, 24 October 2012

Determined to increase parliamentary cooperation, the Indonesia-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Group (ICPFG) and the Canada-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Group (CIPFG) signed a Joint Declaration in Quebec City on 24 October 2012. For Indonesia, the Joint Declaration was signed by Mr. Priyo Budi Santoso. For Canada, the Joint Declaration was signed by the Co-Chairs of CIPFG, Senator Mac Harb and Mr. Deepak Obhrai, MP; witnessed by Senator Dennis Dawson and Senator Suzanne Fortin-Duplessis. Based on the joint declaration, the two Parliamentary Friendship Groups agreed to lend mutual support and cooperation in bilateral relations, such as in promoting good governance and rule of law, as well as widening economic, trade and investment ties. They also agreed to cooperate within the framework of regional and international relations.

Canada-Indonesia and Indonesia-Canada Parliamentary Friendship Groups At The Signing of Joint Declaration Quebec City, Canada, 24 Oktober 2012

The Indonesian Delegation actively participated in the Special Debate on Citizenship, Identity and Linguistic and Cultural Diversity in a Globalized World. The theme was developed based on the Resolution on ensuring respect for peaceful co-existence and beliefs in a globalized world, which was adopted during the 116th Assembly of IPU in Bali, Indonesia. The Head of the Indonesian Delegation conveys that women have a significant role in the legislative process in Indonesia due to the 30% quota for female parliamentarians. The result of the debate was formulated in the Quebec City Declaration, which was adopted on 26 October 2012. The Declaration encourages the establishment of a civil society, which respects diversity as well as inclusion to promote mutual trust that opens the door to progress, welfare and high quality of life.

The use of media, including social media, to enhance citizen engagement and democracy is underlined since it is going to be discussed during the next Assembly in Quito, Ecuador, March 2013. The use of traditional media, such as newspaper, radio and television; and social media, such as facebook, twitter and personal/institutional blog/website in fostering the ongoing relationship between citizen and parliamentarians is indispensable. Indonesia supports the freedom of expression. Accountable information that can be accessed by public is important to enhance citizen engagement in the policy making process and democracy. Apart from that, Indonesia condemned the use of traditional or social media for defamation of religions that causes acts of violence. (The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Ottawa/SM)