As part of a visit by the Australian Public Service Commission (APSC) to Indonesia, KSI, in collaboration with the Vice President’s Office (Setwapres), the Indonesian Public Service Commission (KASN), DFAT’s Government Partnership Fund (GPF) and the Australian Embassy organised a knowledge-sharing event on public service reform in Indonesia. The event was held on 16 November at the Office of the Vice President. Vice President Jusuf Kalla received John Lloyd, the APSC commissioner; Paul Grigson, Australian Ambassador to Indonesia; Asman Abnur, Minister of Administrative and Bureaucracy Reform (MenPAN-RB); Professor Sofian Effendi, Chairman of KASN; and Professor Eko Prasojo, Chairman of the Independent Team for National Bureaucratic Reform (TI-RBN) for a dialogue on civil service reforms and how to deepen collaboration between the two countries.
After the meeting, a high-level seminar on public service reform was opened by Minister Asman Abnur and Mr Justin Lee, the Deputy Australian Ambassador to Indonesia. The panel discussion was chaired by Dewi Fortuna Anwar, Deputy Minister at the Office of the Vice President, and featured Mr John Lloyd, Professor Sofian Effendi and Professor Eko Prasojo. It focussed on Australian experiences with the implementation of the bureaucratic reform agenda, and Indonesian progress in the national civil service agenda. Issues included the dynamics of the open selection process, variations in competence of the selection panel, and the lack of reliable data on civil servant performance. The event was attended by more than 200 high-ranking government officials from national ministries and sub-national governments, and was hopefully the first in a series of high-level knowledge sharing events on bureaucratic reform.