The International Conference on Digital Diplomacy is a conference initiated by Indonesia as a follow up to the Regional Conference on Digital Diplomacy (RCDD) that aims to further promote and broaden the exchange of ideas and experiences and seek opportunities for future cooperation in the field of digital diplomacy between countries in the world. The conference will host experts in the field of digital diplomacy and crisis management, coming from think tanks, government officials and institutions from all over the world.
Indonesia has successfully conducted the first RCDD on 10 September 2019, setting the pace as the first regional conference on digital diplomacy in the region and home of the “Jakarta Message”, an Action Plan for cooperation between governments, private sectors, and residents in the region to build regional networks in an effort to strengthen the use of digital technology for diplomatic activities.
This year, ICDD will be held virtually on 16 November 2021 with the theme “Unmasking digital diplomacy in the new normal”. Wearing masks has become an inseparable part of our everyday lives during the pandemic, the so-called New Normal. Covering our mouth and nose to protect ourselves and the people around us. However, on the contrary, digital diplomacy should be unmasked to unleash its full potential to benefit everyone in the world.
Policymaking, including in foreign policy, has been hampered by restrictions, limitations, and unpredictability during the pandemic. However, digital technology has aided in breaking down those barriers. What once seemed difficult, if not impossible, is now attainable.
The ICDD aims to expand and broaden the exchange of ideas, expertise, experiences and seek opportunities for future cooperation in digital diplomacy among countries around the world. ICDD will discuss the issue of :
How digital diplomacy has been used in the pandemic;
Sharing knowledge, expertise and experience in using digital technologies as diplomatic instruments;
Challenges, opportunities, and future of digital diplomacy, including the instrument's effective use thus far;
Collaboration and support in regional cooperation to develop tangible goals in digital diplomacy; and
Current and future cooperation in digital diplomacy capacity building among participating countries.
ICDD will be attended by various ministers and stakeholders from 21 countries: Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Chile, China, Fiji, Finland, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, South Africa, Thailand, UK, USA, and Viet Nam.
In the opening session, each country will be given the opportunity to deliver remarks on the following topics:
Digital Diplomacy for Crisis Management – a general statement and overview of the experience in managing the crisis through diplomacy during the pandemic
Digital Diplomacy in the New Era of Opportunities – a general statement and overview of how to improve the use of digital diplomacy in trade, tourism, investment, and culture in the future
ICDD will have 4 panels that will be held simultaneously, that are;
PANEL 1 - Inclusive Digital Economy: Benefits and Challenges
This panel will discuss how different countries do not have the same opportunities to reap the benefits of the digital economy.
Mr. Timothy Marbun
News Anchor and Executive Producer KOMPAS TV,
Mr. Teeranun Srihong
Chairman of Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), Thailand
Mr. Mattias Liivak
Head of Marketing
Fortumo OṺ, Estonia
Dr. Shamika N. Sirimanne
Director of the Division on Technology and Logistics,
United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)
Dr. Moza Suwaidan
Director of Strategy & Innovation,
Dubai Digital Authority
PANEL 2 - Digital Innovation for SMEs
This panel will discuss how SMEs must innovate to reap the full economic benefits of digital technology in the face of the pandemic.
Mr. Italo Gani
Founder and Managing Partner Impacto, Indonesia
Ms. Siti Azizah
Deputy Minister for Entrepreneurship,
Ministry of Cooperatives and Small Medium Enterprises, Indonesia
Ms. Monika Liikamaa
CEO of Enfuce, Finland
Mr. Ebrahim Patel
Director of Minara Chamber of Commerce, South Africa
Mr. Rachmat Kaimuddin
Chief Executive Officer Bukalapak
PANEL 3 - Making Sense of Data and Digital Diplomacy
This panel will discuss how the role of data is critical in raising awareness of and ensuring that the voices of vulnerable and invisible populations are not silenced.
Ms. Amanda Cininta
News Anchor METRO TV, Indonesia
Mr. Semuel Abrijani Pangerapan, B.Sc.
Director-General for Informatics Applications,
Ministry of Communications and Informatics, Indonesia
Mr Ben Bland
Director of the Southeast Asia Program, Lowy Institute
Professor Jovan Kurbalija
Director of DiploFoundation & Head of Geneva
Ms. Alexandria Walden
Head of Human Right Affairs, Government Affairs
and Public Policy, Google
PANEL 4 - Big Data and Crisis Management
This panel will discuss how false information affects diplomacy and how to narrow the digital divide between countries.
Ms. Andini Effendi
News Anchor KOMPAS TV, Indonesia
dr. Anas Ma`ruf, MKM
Head of Data and Information Center
Ministry of Health, Indonesia
Prof. Corneliu Bjola
Associate Professor of Diplomatic Studies,
University of Oxford
Mr. Petrarca Karetji
Head of Pulse Lab Jakarta, Indonesia
Dr. Stephen MacFeely
Director of Data and Analytics
World Health Organization.
Sumber & Foto: (KEMLU RI).