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Forum lauds inclusive democracy

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, December 8 2018   /  01:07 am

The 11th annual Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) wrapped up on Friday with stakeholders having offered solutions to how democracy could ensure the people benefit from the economic growth of countries.

With this year’s forum taking the theme “Democracy for Prosperity”, Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir said in the closing ceremony that countries faced challenges in implementing democracy that provides prosperity for all.

One of the solutions, he said, could be an inclusive democracy.

“Inclusive democracy is democracy that unites not divides, provides hope not fear, and empowers not weakens. To achieve an inclusive democracy, the participation of all stakeholders is vital, in particular those of the private sector, youth and women,” he said.

Nevertheless, he said democracy was a work in progress, and the values of democracy should not be reduced to tradition...