"There should be cooperation between governments and people to develop democratization, and the BDF plays an important role in exchanging experiences in applying practical democracy and cooperation," Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir stated in his closing address at the BDF at Nusa Dua, Bali, on Friday.
During the two-day meeting attended by representatives from 89 participating countries and three international organizations, Fachir highlighted the importance of three issues that are relevant to the theme of the forum "Democracy and Effective Public Governance."
Firstly, good governance needs sustainable investment in human resources to implement policies and institutional reforms, he noted.
Secondly, governments need to adopt an open approach and cooperate with various stakeholders to improve public governance.
Thirdly, the media and civil society must increase their role as government partners by assisting the latter in supervision efforts.
"Our public interest in creating good governance must at least cover transparency and accountability, while at the same time increasing public participation," he affirmed.
In his closing statement, Fachir called for active participation of various countries and organizations to cooperate with the Institute for Peace and Democracy (IPD) as the executive body of the BDF.
Since early this year, the IPD has carried out 13 concrete activities to promote democracy including those in Egypt, Fiji, Myanmar, Tunisia, Libya, Palestine, Cambodia, Laos, and Vietnam.
(Reported by Yashinta Difa P./Uu.INE/KR-BSR/A014)