On 7–9 November 2018, the Indonesia Programme at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, in partnership with the Temasek Foundation, organised the “Indonesia-Singapore Young Leaders Scenario Planning Workshop” for next generation Indonesian and Singaporean leaders in their respective fields. The capacity-building workshop sought to bring together these leaders to envision how the two countries, their bilateral relations, as well as the Southeast Asian region in general, would evolve in the next two decades. The workshop provided an opportunity for these leaders to engage with their fellow countrymen and foreign counterparts, as well as leverage their varied expertise and perspectives to derive fresh insights into the future. It is hoped that the workshop had deepened the relationships between the new leadership cohorts of both countries, thereby enhancing mutual understanding and bilateral cooperation.
The closed-door workshop was facilitated by Dr Khong Cho-Oon, Chief Political Analyst at the Global Business Environment Team at Shell International and author of The Politics of Oil in Indonesia: Foreign Company-Host Government Relations (Cambridge University Press, 2011). Mr Faisal Basri, a faculty member at the University of Indonesia who specialises in political economics, and Mr Yahya Cholil Staquf, General Secretary to the Nahdlatul Ulama (NU) Supreme Council, were invited to address the workshop on the first and second days, respectively. The 21 Indonesian and 26 Singaporean young leaders who participated in the workshop came from various organisations, namely, their respective national parliaments, major political parties, businesses, armed forces, and academia.
The workshop was divided into four sessions conducted over a period of two days. The first session identified trends and issues that could shape the two societies in the year 2040. The second session focused on developing scenarios built on the trends and issues identified in the first session. Throughout the second session, participants demonstrated their common concerns over diverse themes such as technology, education, politics and social stability that were likely to reshape their respective societies. For the third session, each group identified five key aspects that matter for Indonesia- Singapore relations and brainstormed two “black-swan” events as well as the conditions under which such events might occur. The final session focused on developing scenarios for the future of Indonesia-Singapore relations in 2040 by looking at the various ways that two among the five key issue clusters identified in the previous session might interact with one another.
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Last updated on 11/06/2019