YOGYAKARTA, NNC – The Ministry of Village, Development of Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration through the Department of Foreign Cooperation at the Public Relations and Collaboration Bureau held a sharing of knowledge and experience in building innovative rural communities together with representatives of Asian countries incorporated in the Asian Productivity Organization (APO). The activity is held in Yogyakarta on October 22-26, 2018.
APO is a multilateral cooperation organization. This organization is engaged in productivity improvement programs. Indonesia has joined APO since 1968. Currently there are 20 APO member countries, including Indonesia, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Hong Kong, India, Iran, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Thailand and Vietnam.
The event, which was packed with the theme Workshop on Innovative Rural Community Development Models, was attended by 14 member countries as participants and presented speakers from three countries, Korea, Japan and New Zealand.
"In the next few days, we will discuss innovative models and approaches in the building and development of our rural communities," said Bureau Head of the Public Relations and Cooperation Bonivasius Prasetya Ichtiarto when opening the workshop, Monday (10/22/2018).
One thing that attracts them in Indonesia, he continued, was not only because we had 74,597 villages, but also believed that in the past three years we had studied, tried and implemented a number of breakthrough models that turned out to be quite successful in developing our rural communities.
On the same occasion, Alternate Director of National Productivity Organization (NPO) Kunjung Munsel said that the presence of fourth industrial era is a challenge for all of us in the process of developing rural communities.
"The challenge for all of us is how we utilize technology for the development of rural communities. For this reason, in this forum we will share experiences, how globalization has influenced the development model in each country," he explained.
Meanwhile, APO Project Manager Jisoo Yun advised that this workshop could be utilized as well as possible. "With different cultural backgrounds, experiences and aspects in building in their country, this will be an interesting material for discussion here," he said.