Bali Work Plan (2019-2025)
ASEAN Partners Meeting
December 12, 2019
Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia
December 12, 2019. The U.S. Government, through USAID, supported the Working Group on Counter Terrorism, working under the auspices of the Senior Officers Meeting on Transnational Crime (SOMTC), in gathering over 80 participants—including delegations from ten ASEAN Partners; international organizations, including United Nations agencies International Labour Organization, International Organization on Migration, the Office on Drugs and Crime, Office on Countering Terrorism, and UN Women; 14 ASEAN Bodies; and the ASEAN Secretariat to share best practices and promote a mutual understanding of shared priorities and commitments to the prevention and countering of violent extremism. Indonesia’s BNPT, the National Agency for Combatting Terrorism, led the now dubbed “Bali Work Plan (2019-2025)” development with U.S. support and helped ensure the ASEAN endorsement of the plan at the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime on November 27th in Bangkok.
In her welcoming remarks, Julie Chen, the USAID ASEAN Office Director, commended ASEAN’s efforts to take a multi-sectoral approach to address the drivers that give rise to radicalism and violent extremism through the development of the Bali Work Plan. More specifically, she praised the Working Group Chair, Mr. Andhika Chrisnayudhanto, from Indonesia’s BNPT, for his outstanding leadership in shepherding the multi-pillar, multi-sectoral process to the finish line in just ten months. She expressed her hopes for successful implementation of the Work Plan by highlighting that “the successful implementation of activities outlined in the Work Plan will only be achieved through continued strong and committed partnerships and cooperation amongst ASEAN Members States through the relevant champion ASEAN bodies; ASEAN Dialogue and Development Partners, like the ones represented here today; and, perhaps most importantly, through the engagement with civil society actors across the region who are already working at the grassroots level on the very issues that underpin the outbursts of violence we are discussing.” She concluded by reminding participants of the complexities of the issue in stating that “despite the threats of the rise of radicalism and violent extremism, it is critical to remain vigilant to ensure that in our efforts to prevent and counter radicalism and violent extremism, we do not inadvertently curtail the rights of our citizens, even those with differing political or religious viewpoints.”
In his keynote speech, Police Commissioner, General, Suhardi Alius, Head of the Indonesian’s BNPT, welcomed participants to Bali by stating, “I am honored to collaborate with ASEAN and USAID to host this Bali Work Plan ASEAN Partners Meetings… allow me to thank the ASEAN-USAID PROSPECT project for its valuable contribution and support for this meeting.” He went on to reinforce the importance and timeliness of this meeting to serve as a platform for forging potential collaboration and cooperation among ASEAN Partners to implement the Bali Work Plan.
The Bali Work Plan contains specific initiatives to be implemented over the course of the next six-plus years and outlines plans for an effective multisectoral coordination platform through which to manage and monitor activities. Participants from the Multisectoral Task Force committed to supporting the implementation mechanisms to successfully deliver the Bali Work Plan initiatives. Further, the Working Group on Counter Terrorism solicited the ASEAN Partners Meeting cooperation on the shared priorities and activities outlined to catalyze potential collaboration for the successful implementation of the Bali Work Plan.