[bestbits] IGF in Indonesia cancelled?
dbu at donnybu.com
Fri Jul 26 00:53:43 EDT 2013
yes, there will be a MAG meeting today at UTC +13
also indeed, copy of official letter from the government not received yet
by the committee
On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 11:46 AM, joy <joy at apc.org> wrote:
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> One follow up - Anriette has last night been in touch with Chengatai who
> advises there is no offcial word from the Indonesian government about
> cancellation, but they have advised of a shortfall in funds and the IGF
> secretariat is working with them to try to secure funds.
> Apparently there will be or is a MAG meeting today and there may be a more
> formal update soon.
> That is all I know at present.
> there is a MAG meeting today
> On 26/07/2013 4:12 p.m., Bijoy Mitra wrote:
> > Dear Colleague,
> > I agreeing, we should get clarifications from Secretiate. Regards _.
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> > *From:* "joy" <joy at apc.org <mailto:joy at apc.org> <joy at apc.org>>
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> > *Subject:* Re: [bestbits] IGF in Indonesia cancelled?
> > Hi Anja - likewise I have heard rumours but nothing confirmed until this.
> > I suggest we seek an official response from the Secretariat. It may yet
> be that alternative sources of funding are found, but we should seek a
> response and some kind of confirmation as soon as possible.
> > I'm happy to write to Chengatai - has anyone else already done so?
> > Joy
> > On 26/07/2013 3:45 p.m., Anja Kovacs wrote:
> > > Dear all,
> > > After having heard rumours swirling for a while now, I was very sad to
> receive the message below via an AP IGF email list. Looks like the
> Indonesia IGF, at least for now, stands cancelled. Anyone here knows more?
> > > Best,
> > > Anja
> > > ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> > > From: *Ang Peng Hwa (Prof)* <TPHANG at ntu.edu.sg
> <mailto:TPHANG at ntu.edu.sg> <TPHANG at ntu.edu.sg>>
> > > Date: 26 July 2013 08:50
> > > Subject: [Rigf_program] IGF in Indonesia cancelled
> > > To: "program at aprigf.asia <mailto:program at aprigf.asia><program at aprigf.asia>"
> <program at aprigf.asia <mailto:program at aprigf.asia> <program at aprigf.asia>>
> > > Folks,
> > > This is sad but official: the Indonesian organizers have cancelled the
> IGF. The announcement was made by the chair of the organizing committee (a
> businessman) after a meeting with the minister and the civil society group.
> > > There is a news report in Bahasa Indonesia at
> Use Google translate and you will be able to read.
> > > I had met the civil society organizers just this week. They were
> asking for possible tips on fund raising. After exploring the options, we
> concluded that they had approached most of the likely sponsors. Yes, there
> were some possibilities they had overlooked but these were not many.
> > > According to the news report, out of the US$2.2M (Rp22 billion)
> budget, they had raised US$900k. The Ministry had given US$250k. So they
> had a shortfall of US$1.05M.
> > > Third party sources I checked (i.e. Not the Indonesians themselves)
> said that one major cost was that the UN had asked for US$900k to fly
> personnel and security apparatus to the meeting.
> > > Knowing a little of the inside story, I would say the situation is
> more complex than one might have guessed. Next year is the election year
> for Indonesia. So companies are asking: if I support you now but you do not
> win, what happens? Then two weeks before the IGF, there is the APEC meeting
> in the same venue. So the feeling that is Indonesia will be on the world's
> stage at that time already. Meanwhile, the Minister of Communication, whose
> ministry oversees the IGF, is under allegations of corruption. It's one of
> those series of unfortunate events.
> > > Regards,
> > > Peng Hwa
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