IDS WELCOMES RESEARCH COLLABORATION WITH
INDONESIA’S MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
Seated from left: Mr. Adi Priyanto, Deputy Director of Policy Analysis & Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia , Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Chairman of IDS, Mr. Anthony Kiob, CEO of IDS, together with IDS Management Team and delegation from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia, and Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Kota Kinabalu
KOTA KINABALU (Wed): Deputy Director of Policy Analysis & Development Agency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Republic of Indonesia, Mr. Adi Priyanto made a visit to the Institute for Development Studies (Sabah) on Tuesday, 3rd March 2020. The delegation was welcomed Tan Sri Simon Sipaun, Chairman of IDS.
Mr. Adi expressed that the visit was to outline possible research collaborations between Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and IDS on Promoting Business Connectivity among Industrial Park in the South China Sea Rim and its Vicinity. According to Mr. Adi, although the areas surrounding South China Sea are considered volatile, the economic activities around the area have shown positive growth and further economic opportunities could be tapped through collaborations with all neighbouring states to maximize its fullest potentials.
Tan Sri Simon welcomed the delegations interest in future collaboration and further added that Malaysia, particularly Sabah, and Indonesia are geographically and to an extent, historically close, henceforth development between the two states are encouraged to complement each other’s resources, especially in light of Indonesia’s capital move from Jakarta to Kalimantan announced last year.
IDS CEO, Mr. Anthony Kiob, stressed during the discussion that although healthy competition are encouraged, the South China Sea Rim Industrial Park can be a tremendous leap towards a regional economic growth when all parties involved focuses their natural resources, turning it into specialized local products through reinvention and innovating technologies, and thus marketing it globally as a collective regional brand instead of competing with each other on similar products.
Also present, were Mr. Prakoso Wicaksono and Eva K. Situmorang from Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia; Rima Diah Pramudyawati, Sartono Hendrarso, Muhamad Widodo, and Muhammad Abduh from the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia, Kota Kinabalu; and IDS Management Team, Mr. Chong Vun Then, Mdm Patricia Lim, Mr. Richard T. Koh, Hjh. Hasnah Samsudin, Mdm. Jita Simin, Ms. Anita Limjoon, and Mr. Mansalasah Musa.