Two TRADE Hub kick-off events were organized by the Indonesia country team. The national level project kick-off workshop was held in Jakarta on 4 March 2020, and a sub-national level workshop was held in Manokwari (West Papua Province) on 19 February 2020.
These workshops were to introduce TRADE Hub to key stakeholders, to communicate scoping study findings, and gain perspectives, insights, context, and feedback on the project, framework, and preliminary findings.
The Jakarta kick-off workshop involved 154 participants and opened by high ranking Indonesian officials, namely Mrs. Musdhalifah Machmud, Deputy Minister for Food and Agriculture, Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Dr. Agus Justianto, Head of Research and Innovation Agency, Ministry of Environment and Forestry. Prof. Neil Burgess, Principal Investigator for the TRADE Hub, gave a speech at this event, along with Dr. Robert Nasi, Director General CIFOR, and Prof. Herry Purnomo, the coordinator of Trade Hub Indonesia.
Images from the kick-off workshop of Trade Hub Indonesia in Jakarta, Indonesia
Meanwhile, 85 participants attended the workshop in West Papua, including the Governor of West Papua, Dr. Dominggus Mandacan. Speakers and participants were relevant stakeholders from key institutions, ranging from academic/research institutions, government and financial institutions, to private sector operators and business associations.
The Kick-off workshop of Trade Hub Indonesia in Manokwari, West Papua, Indonesia
Both workshops were successful, and the project was welcomed by key stakeholders in Indonesia’s palm oil, coffee, and wildlife trades, as the TRADE Hub planned to study issues that aligned with key stakeholders’ interests and responsibilities. Stakeholders participating in both workshops were involved in multiple discussions, and they provided critical input and insight to the trajectory of the project, while also emphasizing the hope that research results will contribute to better practice and governance of palm oil, coffee, and wildlife trade in Indonesia.
The TRADE Hub Indonesia website was also launched at the Jakarta kick-off workshop. This website will provide various research findings and information in English and Bahasa Indonesia, in order to reach global and Indonesian stakeholders. A published journal article entitled ‘Reconciling oil palm economic development and environmental conservation in Indonesia: A value chain dynamic approach’ was also presented at the Jakarta Workshop.
More images from the launch in Jakarta