Bali, Denpasar, 27-28 July 2017. Both national and International co-operations amongst the Indonesian Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education, the Non Ministerial R and D Agencies, Universities in Bali and Nusa Tenggara were discussed, especially on the topics of mechanisms, procedures, regulations as well updating and introducing the information system of cooperation – SIKMA (sikma.ristekdikti.go.id).

Two resource persons were invited in the meeting, Ms Lefiana Hartarti, the Director of Law and Social Culture Agreement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (KEMLU) and Mr. Nelson Simanjuntak, Director of Cooperation Facilitation Center, the Ministry of Home Affairs (KEMENDAGRI).

Opening the meeting Tri Sundari reported the objective of the meeting which are to increase awareness of the participants on the regulations and procedures of International and national cooperation agreements, as well as for updating the data base of existing national and International cooperation.

Nada Marsudi introduced the science, technology and higher education (STHE) policy and programs in Indonesia, and their relation in supporting the Nawa Cita Programs of HE President Joko Widodo. She also explained on several International cooperation programs in the Indonesian Ministry of Research Technology and Higher Education (MoRTHE) and the importancies for following such cooperation in order to improve STHE achievements in Indonesia and obtaining equal benefits for all parties.

Ms Lefiana informed the participant on two national law as the basis of International Cooperation. Those are ‘UU RI 37/1999: Hubungan Luar Negeri’ and ‘UU RI 24/2000: Perjanjian Internasional’. There are four perspectives that should be considered by the Government in establishing the International cooperation: politics, national safety, yuridical view and technical issue. Moreover Indonesian party should prioritize equality, common advantages for both parties as well as obeying the national and International laws in Indonesia. Lastly, she mentioned that there are five important steps in developing International cooperation, which are ‘assessment, negotiation, formulation draft of agreement, acception of the agreed draft greemet and the signing of agreement’. Acting as the chair in this session was Ms Annisa Pranowo.

Meanwhile, Nelson Simandjuntak inspired the audience by his great performance in explaining the basic laws applied in the Regional Government in establishing the International cooperation. He stressed more on the importance of the ninth Nawa Cita program, the upcoming 72th Indonesian Independence and how the young Indonesians should prepare it well, and the cooperation between all sectors in Indonesia which is so deemed important. His session was chaired by Suryo Boediono.

At the end of the meeting, all participants concluded that both national and International cooperation are very important and it should be implemented wisely to support the Nawa Cita Program, to boost the natiomal economic growth as well as to achieve Indonesian welfare for all societies.