At least 85 countries, including eight international non-governmental organizations and observers, joins the Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) VII in Nusa Dua, Bali Province, to discuss the development of democracy in the Asia-Pacific region. “ 85 countries will join the BDF VII, and four state leaders to attend the meeting on October 10-11, 2014,” Deputy Chairman of BDF VII Ambassador Wahid Supriadi stated on Thursday.
According to Wahid, the state leaders who will attend the event are Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Timor Leste Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao, the Philippines President Benigno Aquino, and Sultan of Brunei Darussalam Hassanal Bolkiah. The increase in the number of attendees at the forum is a testament to its importance as a platform to share diverse views on democracy and its development in each country.
“The Institute for Peace and Democracy, as the conveyor of the results of the BDF, has been invited to many countries to share views on democracy and its development in other countries,” Wahid revealed. Wahid, who was appointed as Expert Staff to the Indonesian Foreign Minister for Economic, Social and Cultural Affairs, stated that the institution has been invited to many countries, including Egypt and Tunisia, which indicates that the BDF has played an important role in developing and sharing views on democracy.
Several foreign ministers from Papua New Guinea, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Maldives, and Mongolia will attend the meeting. Additionally, vice ministers from Bangladesh, Iran, Japan, Namibia, Hungary, Singapore, and China will also attend the forum. The theme of BDF VII is “Evolving Regional Democratic Architecture: the Dynamics of Political Development, Socio-Economic Progress and Public Participation in the Democratic Process”.
Indonesia believes that democracy is a key element in the promotion of peace and stability in the region. Many nations in the region accept that universality of democratic values, such as respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms, and a shared adherence to these values, should help consolidate peace, stability and prosperity in the region, the ministry said in the statement, Saturday.
It is with this view in mind, the Government of Indonesia initiated in 2008, the intergovernmental Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) as an annual forum of foreign ministers from Asia-Pacific countries that are democratic or are aspiring to be more democratic.
The BDF, which is inclusive and open, is therefore designed to promote dialogue and cooperation in democracy toward good governance and political development through sharing of experiences and best practices that adhere to the principles of equality, understanding and mutual respect. The Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) initiated by Indonesia in 2008, is an annual, inclusive and open intergovernmental forum on the development of democracy in the Asia Pacific region.
source : the bali times