Indonesia-South Korea

New Southern Policy

Young Professionals Lab

Jakarta, 24-25 May 2021

Program Overview

The Indonesia-South Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab is a two-day program initiated by the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) in collaboration with the Korea Foundation. The Young Professionals Lab serves as a platform for aspiring professionals to develop a deeper knowledge of the New Southern Policy, engage with policymakers and practitioners, delve into problems and formulate solutions for the betterment of Indonesia-South Korean affairs.


NSP Young Professionals

Dr. Dino Patti Djalal.PNG

Welcoming Remarks

Thank you for visiting the website of the Indonesia-South Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab.

I am pleased that Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI) – which is the largest foreign policy organization in Indonesia – is collaborating with the Korea Foundation (KF) – the sole institution mandated to conduct South Korea’s public diplomacy – to organize Indonesia-South Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab. This program is aimed to gather fresh ideas and perspectives from Indonesia’s young professionals from various field and serves as platform to engage Indonesia’s and South Korea’s policymakers.

In my experience, policies can only be successful when suggestions from multiple-stakeholders are carefully considered throughout the ideation process to the implementation. In terms of the New Southern Policy, I believe it is imperative for the policymakers to consider the view of Indonesia's young professionals to make it successful. I trust this program would contribute to improve the New Southern Policy implementation in Indonesia as well as upgrade the Indonesia-South Korea relations to the level we hope it to be.

I look forward to seeing you at Indonesia-South Korea New Southern Policy Young Professionals Lab on May, 2021.


Dr. Dino Patti Djalal,
Founder and Chairman of FPCI

New Southern Policy

The New Southern Policy (NSP) is the Republic of Korea's core diplomatic initiative announced in 2017 by President Moon Jae-in. The NSP seeks to elevate Korea's relations with ASEAN member states and India in the political, economic, social, and cultural spheres, among others.


Indonesia hosts the 13th largest overseas Korean population with around 78,000 Koreans living In Indonesia. Marking a stronger cultural exchange, many South Korean TV programs chose Indonesia as a filming destination. In 2019, around 388,300 Koreans visited Indonesia and 175,000 Indonesian visited South Korea.

South Korea is the eighth top export destinations and sixth import sources for Indonesia. To date, the total trade between the two countries reached $15.65 billion. Between 2015-2019, South Korea had invested some $6.9 billion in 12,992 projects in Indonesia. To support the plan to boost trade to $50 billion by 2030, they signed an FTA in December 2020 reducing around 95% of existing tariffs.

Indonesia consistently supports the peace process in the Korean Peninsula. Indonesia pushed for the formation of a joint contingency of South and North Korea for the Asian Games in 2018. Indonesia was also involved in inviting North Korean leader to the ASEAN-ROK Summit in 2019. To invigorate bilateral ties, Indonesia and South Korea held regular exchanges of officials from presidential, ministerial to legislature level.

Why Join this Program?

Joining the NSP Young Professionals Lab gives you the chance to be a driver of change in Indonesia-South Korea relations.

As an NSP Young Professional, you will:

  • Challenge your initial assumptions and redefine problems by exchanging views with high-level policymakers, experts, and current practitioners.

  • Gain a richer and deeper understanding of the New Southern Policy.

  • Expand your knowledge about relevant aspects related to Indonesia-South Korean affairs.

  • Develop your skills in policymaking and public speaking through policy drafting workshops and briefing sessions.

  • Partake in cementing a closer and more constructive partnership between Indonesia and South Korea.

  • Have your ideas disseminated to the government, relevant institutions, and beyond through the Joint Policy Recommendation Paper.

  • Join a network of young professionals and partner affiliations from across sectors.

How to Apply?

This program aims to recruit young Indonesian professionals coming from various disciplines who are passionate about advancing the Indonesia-South Korea partnership in their respective fields. Interested professionals must submit (1) a current CV (2) an initial policy recommendation paper on top of completing the online application form. The application will be open until 7 April 2021.

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Contact Us

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