Senior Parliamentary Secretary (SPS), Ministry of Social and Family Development & Ministry of Education, Associate Professor Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim, visited Banten, Indonesia from 6 to 7 December 2017, to attend the 10th Bali Democracy Forum (BDF). The BDF, first organised in 2008, is an annual multilateral forum that provides a platform for countries to share experiences and best practices in fostering democracy in the Asia Pacific.
SPS delivered a statement at the General Debate in line with the theme of this year's conference, Does Democracy Deliver? The full text of SPS' statement is appended below.
On the side-lines of the BDF, SPS met Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. SPS and Minister Retno reaffirmed the close and long-standing ties and cooperation between Singapore and Indonesia. SPS and Minister Retno also welcomed the commemoration of 50 years of diplomatic relations (RISING50) between Singapore and Indonesia this year, and looked forward to further strengthening Singapore-Indonesia ties in the years ahead. SPS and Minister Retno also discussed the important role that women play in democratic societies.
Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Singapore