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New Southern Policy

Young Professionals Lab

Jakarta, 24-25 May 2021

Program Overview

The Indonesia-Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab is a two-day program initiated by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) in collaboration with the Korea Foundation. The Lab serves as a platform for aspiring professionals to develop a deeper knowledge of the New Southern Policy, engage with policymakers and practitioners, delve into problems and formulate solutions for the betterment of Indonesia-Korean affairs.


NSP Young Professionals

Dr. Dino Patti Djalal.PNG

Welcoming Remarks

Thank you for visiting the website of the Indonesia-Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab.

I am pleased that Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) – which is the largest foreign policy organization in Indonesia – is collaborating with the Korea Foundation (KF) – the institution mandated to conduct Republic of Korea’s public diplomacy – to organize Indonesia-Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab. This program is aimed to gather fresh ideas and perspectives from Indonesia’s young professionals from various field and serves as platform to engage Indonesia’s and Republic of Korea’s policymakers.

In my experience, policies can only be successful when suggestions from multiple-stakeholders are carefully considered throughout the ideation process to the implementation. In terms of the New Southern Policy, I believe it is imperative for the policymakers to consider the view of Indonesia's young professionals to make it successful. I trust this program would contribute to improve the New Southern Policy implementation in Indonesia as well as upgrade the Indonesia-Korea relations to the level we hope it to be.

I look forward to seeing you at Indonesia-Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab on May, 2021.


Dr. Dino Patti Djalal,
Founder and Chairman of FPCI

Congratulatory Remarks

The Korea Foundation (KF) is honored to collaborate with Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) to organize the first Indonesia-Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab. We have joined hands in this endeavor in the belief that we must work together to face the challenges posed by COVID-19 and the rapidly changing international order.

To compensate for the shortfall in 2020 and advance to the next level of our bilateral relationship, it is important to avoid moving and acting blindly, without clear direction or steady guidance. Instead, we need to create a long-term strategy and form a common response to accelerating global challenges in order to adapt in a practical way to complex emerging situations. As a policy practitioner at the KF, Korea’s leading public diplomacy organization, and a policy analyst with long experience in academia, I know how crucial the roles of researchers and working-level officials are. We will only be able to make progress at this critical juncture with assistance from academia.

I ask for the continued support of all the participants in this year’s Young Professionals Lab for the success of the New Southern Policy. The KF will be with on your journey to explore realistic approaches to the future of ASEAN-ROK relations.

Thank you.

Dr. Geun Lee

President, The Korea Foundation

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Guest Speakers

New Southern Policy

The New Southern Policy (NSP) is the Republic of Korea's core diplomatic initiative announced in 2017 by President Moon Jae-in. The NSP seeks to elevate Korea's relations with ASEAN member states and India in the political, economic, social, and cultural spheres, among others.


Indonesia hosts the 13th largest overseas Korean population with around 78,000 Koreans living In Indonesia. Marking a stronger cultural exchange, many Korean TV programs chose Indonesia as a filming destination. In 2019, around 388,300 Koreans visited Indonesia and 175,000 Indonesian visited Korea.

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Korea is the eighth top export destinations and sixth import sources for Indonesia. To date, the total trade between the two countries reached $15.65 billion. Between 2015-2019, Korea had invested some $6.9 billion in 12,992 projects in Indonesia. To support the plan to boost trade to $50 billion by 2030, they signed an FTA in December 2020 reducing around 95% of existing tariffs.

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Indonesia consistently supports the peace process in the Korean Peninsula. Indonesia pushed for the formation of a joint contingency of South and North Korea for the Asian Games in 2018. Indonesia was also involved in inviting North Korean leader to the ASEAN-ROK Summit in 2019. To invigorate bilateral ties, Indonesia and Korea held regular exchanges of officials from presidential, ministerial to legislature level.

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Why Join this Program?

NSP Young Professionals Lab provides its participants a chance to be the driver of change in the Indonesia-ROK relations.


By joining this program, the NSP Young Professionals will:

  • Challenge their initial assumptions and redefine problems by exchanging views with high-level policymakers, experts, and current practitioners.

  • Gain a richer and deeper understanding of the New Southern Policy.

  • Expand their knowledge about relevant aspects related to Indonesia-Korean affairs.

  • Develop their skills in policymaking and public speaking through policy drafting workshops and briefing sessions.

  • Partake in cementing a closer and more constructive partnership between Indonesia and Korea.

  • Have their ideas disseminated to the government, relevant institutions, and beyond through the Joint Policy Recommendation Paper.

  • Join a network of young professionals and partner affiliations from across sectors.

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