Bali, 7 December 2022 (TDI): Indonesia-Pacific Forum for Development (IPFD) was held in Bali, Indonesia on 7-8 December 2022. Hosted by Indonesia, the IPFD was attended by Ministers, senior officials, and representatives of different countries.
Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi, chaired the IPFD meeting.
The participants discussed how they saw the Pacific as a region of cooperation and solidarity under the theme “Grow and Prosper Together.”
Moreover, they highlighted the important regional potential and shared problems, including reducing the Covid-19 pandemic’s effects and expediting the post-pandemic economic recovery.
The forum looked into ways to improve partnerships for infrastructure development. They focused on ways to improve connectivity across regions and islands as well as between people.
Furthermore, it was agreed that the region is currently under existential threat from climate change. The attendees welcomed the promises made at COP27.
Especially the agreement to provide “loss and damage” funding for vulnerable nations. In this regard, they reaffirmed the necessity of technological advancement to create a low-carbon economy.
In addition, IPFD recognized the significance of stepping up protection measures for the ocean, which is a major source of food and livelihood.
Also, the participants demanded coordinated efforts to combat illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
During an IPFD workshop on disaster management, the participants underscored the value of bolstering collaboration in disaster risk reduction.
Moreover, attendees looked into ways to make partnerships stronger to support digital transformation in the area, notably by creating cost-effective, high-quality digital infrastructure and expanding digital literacy and skills.
The officials expressed their desire to advance women’s roles and involvement in all facets of society. During IPFD, they hosted a session on woman’s empowerment.
The participants understood the link between education and future generations’ capacity for independence. They stressed the necessity of group efforts to guarantee everyone’s access to education.
Additionally, IPFD discussed how to work together to overcome the increasing dangers posed by international organized crime and non-traditional security challenges.
However, IPFD highlighted the enormous potential for cooperation between Indonesia and Pacific region nations and territories.
IPFD is a development partnership platform for Indonesia and the Pacific nations, with the goal of helping them join forces to establish a prosperous, peaceful Indo-Pacific region.