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On March 25, the first edition of the Indonesia-Spain Forum will take place online from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Spanish time. This forum is organised by Casa Asia and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of Indonesia with the support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of both countries, and in collaboration with their respective Embassies in Jakarta and Madrid.

The Indonesia-Spain Forum constitutes a platform for dialogue and cooperation whose main objective is to strengthen relations between both countries, as well as to explore opportunities for collaboration and to promote bonds between respective civil societies.

This first edition consists of an opening and a closing session, as well as two work sessions. The first one will address the current level of diplomatic relations between Spain and Indonesia, whereas the second session will focus on analysing the effects of Covid-19 and, above all, on how to reactivate and recover some of the most important economic sectors of both countries.

Casa Asia organises these forums with Asian countries (currently, with the Republic of Korea, the Philippines and Indonesia) with the purpose to foster annual meetings between the delegations of both countries on topics of common interest.

Language of the event: English

The creation of a forum for dialogue and cooperation with Indonesia, a key country in Southeast Asia due to its size and influence in the area, has been a priority objective for Casa Asia in recent years. We hope that this first edition will serve to lay the foundations for future annual meetings to strengthen ties and promote bilateral projects between civil societies and public administrations of both countries“.

Javier Parrondo, Director General of Casa Asia

Programme

9:00-9:15 Madrid (UTC+1)

15:00-15:15 Jakarta (GMT+7)

Dr Philips J. Vermonte
Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia

Javier Parrondo
Director General of Casa Asia

 9:15-9:35 Madrid (UTC+1)

15:15-15:35 Jakarta (GMT+7)

Celebrating Indonesia-Spain Relations: Overview of diplomatic and people-to-people relations

Indonesia and Spain are two countries tied by both history and affinity. As a celebration of the multi-faceted relationship between the two countries, this panel takes on the task of updating the audience on the latest developments in the bilateral relations. This session also serves as an interactive dialogue between Indonesian and Spanish citizens in living, engaging, and cooperating with one another, both at governments and people-to-people levels.

Trigger Speakers

H.E. I Gede Ngurah Swajaya
Director General for American and European Affairs,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia

H.E. Ana Sálomon
Director General for North America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Pacific, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain

Discussion Session 1

9:35-10:05 Madrid (UTC+1)

15:35-16:05 Jakarta (GMT+7)

H.E. José María Matres Manso

Ambassador of Spain to Indonesia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain

Reza Valdo Maspaitella

Coordinator, International Chamber of Commerce-Alibaba Business School and Founder, Toko Pandai Nusantara, Indonesia

Dr Awaludin Marwan

Lecturer, Universitas Bhayangkara and CEO HeyLaw

Moderator

Dr Philips J. Vermonte

Executive Director, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia

10:05-10:25 Madrid (UTC+1)

16:05-16:25 Jakarta (GMT+7)

Strengthening Indonesia-Spain Cooperation amid the COVID-19 Pandemic: Economic Innovation

With the COVID-19 pandemic ravaging the world over, countries across regions continue to explore ways to recover their economies, especially in the industries crucial to them. Spain and Indonesia are two countries with similar economic concerns, with experience to share with one another. For example, how both countries rely on the tourism sector. After the industry felt the brunt of the impact of the pandemic, Spain and Indonesia have plenty to discuss with regards to their experience in saving the industry. Both countries, for another instance, are also very much concerned with how small businesses can cope amidst the pandemic, especially their creative industries and digital economy. In addition, as a member of EU and ASEAN, they both share the common concern and willingness to work on the bigger trade issues that have existed for quite a while, such as the issue of palm oil. This session seeks to share the lessons learned on how to revive and recover some of the most crucial economic sectors between the two countries through exploring new economic sectors, as well as opening a forum to discuss about long standing economic issues that may be of strategic concern between the two countries.

Trigger speakers:

Dr Fajar B. Hirawan

Researcher, Department of Economics, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia

Aitana Araceli Míguez Cillero
Economic and Commercial Counsellor for Indonesia, Embassy of Spain in Indonesia

Discussion Session 2

10:25-11:00 Madrid (UTC+1)

16:25-17:00 Jakarta (GMT+7)

Shinta Kamdani

Executive Board of International Chamber of Commerce

Edward Ismawan Chamdani

Co-founder and Managing Partner, Gayo Capital; Board Treasurer, Indonesian Venture Capital and Startups Association (AMVESINDO)

Manuel Valdés Colón de Carvajal

Member of the Board of the Spain-ASEAN Business Association (ASEMPEA), and Vice Chairman of Globaltec

Moderator

Amadeo Jensana

Director of Business and Economic Programs. Casa Asia

11:00 Madrid (UTC+1)

17:00 Jakarta (UTC+7)

By Forum Moderator:

Dr Fitriani
Researcher, Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) Indonesia

Speakers

H.E. I Gede Ngurah Swajaya
H.E. I Gede Ngurah Swajaya
H.E. I Gede Ngurah Swajaya Director General for American and European Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
H.E. Ana Sálomon
H.E. Ana Sálomon
Director General for North America, Eastern Europe, Asia and Pacific,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain
H.E. José María Matres Manso
H.E. José María Matres Manso
Ambassador of Spain to Indonesia, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation of Spain
Reza Valdo Maspaitella
Reza Valdo Maspaitella
Coordinator, International Chamber of Commerce-Alibaba Business School and Founder, Toko Pandai Nusantara, Indonesia
Dr Awaludin Marwan
Dr Awaludin Marwan
Lecturer, Universitas Bhayangkara and CEO HeyLaw
Dr Fajar B. Hirawan
Dr Fajar B. Hirawan
Researcher, Department of Economics,
Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), Indonesia
Aitana Araceli Míguez Cillero
Aitana Araceli Míguez Cillero
Economic and Commercial Counsellor for Indonesia, Embassy of Spain in Indonesia
Shinta Kamdani
Shinta Kamdani
Executive Board of International Chamber of Commerce
Edward Ismawan Chamdani
Edward Ismawan Chamdani
Co-founder and Managing Partner, Gayo Capital; Board Treasurer, Indonesian Venture Capital and Startups Association (AMVESINDO)
Manuel Valdés Colón de Carvajal
Manuel Valdés Colón de Carvajal
Member of the Board of the Spain-ASEAN Business Association (ASEMPEA),
and Vice Chairman of Globaltec
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25/03/2021
Thursday March 25, 2021
9:00am-11:00am Madrid (UTC+1)
3:00pm-5:00pm Jakarta (GMT+7)
Online.
Free event.
Casa Asia and the Centre for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) of Indonesia, with the support of the Ministries of Foreign Affairs of Spain and Indonesia, and in collaboration with their respective Embassies in Jakarta and Madrid.