CIREBON, 31 August 2018 – The Indonesian government hosted a training on ASEAN project proposal writing for its officials in Cirebon, West Java, on 30-31 August.

The Directorate for ASEAN External Cooperation under the Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia hosted the training in coordination with the ASEAN Secretariat.

Director General for ASEAN Cooperation Jose Tavares acknowledged in his opening remarks that ASEAN cooperation projects have contributed to the achievement of ASEAN Community Vision. “Indonesia needs to maximise the use of the available funding provided by ASEAN Member States, as well as ASEAN Dialogue and External Partners,” he said in the remarks delivered by Vedi Kurnia Buana, Secretary for Directorate General of ASEAN Cooperation.

The Indonesian official further expressed hoped that the training would improve participants’ skills in developing quality regional project proposals among Indonesian proponents. “Thus, there will be no stigma associated with the many requirements in ASEAN cooperation projects,” he said.

Sixty-five government officials from 39 line ministries and agencies in Indonesia participated in the training and coaching clinic. Resource-persons and facilitators from the ASEAN Secretariat and the host conducted lectures/presentations, discussion, and group exercises on various topics. These topics covered those related to the submission, appraisal and approval, implementation and monitoring, and financial reporting and submission of completion reports. The ASEAN-Republic of Korea Programme Management Team was also present to provide assistance to 10 proponents with ready concept notes.

Participants appreciated the interactive and good exchanges among participants and the resource-persons. Some of them expressed their interest in submitting a regional project proposal right after the workshop, while some of the participants had the opportunity to directly discuss their draft concept notes with the resource-persons and facilitators.

In his closing remarks, Ambassador Ade Padmo Sarwono, Permanent Representative of Indonesia to ASEAN, said that the workshop was a good start to have future project proponents from Indonesia.  He also reminded proponents of the on-going projects on the need to comply with the requirements of reports submission in line with the accountability in using the entrusted funds by ASEAN Member States and its external partners.

Further, the ambassador encouraged participants to continue being active contributors to the ASEAN community building. Finally, he reaffirmed his commitment to assist line ministries and agencies in Indonesia who wish to develop project proposals and seek funding support from various ASEAN Trust and Project Funds in coordination with the ASEAN Secretariat.