Asia House and the Nordic Indonesia Studies Network

would like to invite you to the seminar

Indonesia Rising as a Global Economic and Political Player -

Prospects and Challenges


7th October 2013, 2.00 – 4.30 pm

At Asia House, Indiakaj 16,
 2100 København Ø


Today, Indonesia is emerging as a global political and economic power, following hot on the heels of the progress made by China and India. In Denmark as well as internationally, Indonesia increasingly receives attention for its impressive economic growth rates as well as its perceived successful democratisation process and political stability. This development seems finally to do justice to Indonesia’s status as the world’s fourth most populous country (240 million inhabitants) and third largest democracy. However, it also points to an increased need to evaluate Indonesia’s true potential of developing, nourishing and sustaining the upward surge. What are the prospects and pitfalls of sustaining economic growth in the country? What are Indonesia’s comparative advantages and disadvantages as a producer, a business partner and an emerging market? What are the consequences of economic growth for equality, political legitimacy and stability? To what extent can new technologies alleviate Indonesia’s overwhelming problems concerning e.g. infrastructure, pollution, and water supply?

These questions are of concern to many parties in Denmark across the public, private and non-profit sectors. Therefore, this seminar aims to provide insights from two distinguished insiders’ perspectives with an opportunity to meet and exchange for participants.



14.00 – 14.30 Registration and welcome address by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Denmark Prof. Dr. Bomer Pasaribu


14.30 – 15.30 Jakob Friis Sørensen, Country Manager for A.P. Moller – Maersk Group in Indonesia and Chairman of European Business Chamber of Commerce (EuroCham) in Indonesia.

Doing business in Indonesia: An insider’s perspective

Q & A and discussion


15.30 – 16.30 Donald K. Emmerson, Director Southeast Asia Forum at Stanford University

Indonesia’s rise as a global player: Challenges and prospects

Q & A and discussion


16.30  Snacks and drinks


The event is free of charge, but registration is compulsory. Please register with your full name and institution before 4th October 2013 at


Asia House

Nordic Indonesia Studies Network (NISN)