Gov’t to Evaluate Indonesia’s Membership in International Organizations

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation
Date 22 Desember 2016
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Photo caption: (from left to right) Indonesian National Defense Forces’ Commander Gatot Nurmantyo, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and Indonesian National Police Chief Tito Karnavian

Photo caption: (from left to right) Indonesian National Defense Forces’ Commander Gatot Nurmantyo, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and Indonesian National Police Chief Tito Karnavian

Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung explained that the membership of 112 out of 233 international organizations that  Indonesia has joined is strategic and permanent. Therefore, the Government decided that the membership should be continued. “Meanwhile, 46 memberships that are technical in nature will be maintained and 75 memberships needs to be evaluated,” Pramono told the reporters after attending three limited meetings on Thursday (22/12), at the Presidental Office, Jakarta.

Therefore, President Joko ‘Jokowi’ Widodo instructed Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and related ministries to evaluate Indonesia’s membership in the 75 international organizations, Pramono added.

Previously, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi asserted that the Government must pay around Rp400 billion per year for Indonesia’s membership in 236 (including 3 more new memberships) international organizations.

The Minister explained that out of 236 organizations, only few memberships run by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Most of them are run by other ministries and technical institutions. Despite those fact, it is the Ministry of Foreign Affairs that pays for the memberships. “Although the technical ministries/institutions are those which have the necessity, interests, and assessment of those memberships, during the payment, the money is deposited in Foreign Affairs Ministry’s budget,” Retno told the reporters after a limited meeting on Thursday (22/12), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta.

Regarding the evaluation, Retno explained that there was a discussion on coordination at ministerial level. However, the coordination will be carried out at the coordinating ministry’s level, as the President has instructed in the limited meeting.

The Minister cannot mention how many membership that will be withdrawn because they still have to conduct an evaluation on that matter next week. (DNA/ES) (RAS/MMB/YM/Naster)

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