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ACCG Leader’s Lecture by Dr. BJ Habibie

23 November 2012 | George Town

Following the successful inaugural Conference of the ASEAN Coalition for Clean Governance (ACCG) held in June 2012, featuring prominent speakers from seven countries around the region, I am proud to announce that the Penang Institute will host the second on 4 December 2012, 3.30pm at the Traders Hotel.
The lecture entitled, “ASEAN in transition: From emerging markets to clean governance” will be delivered by HE Professor Dr. B.J. Habibie, the third President of Indonesia. The lecture will discuss the transformation of ASEAN countries from authoritarian regimes to global economies to 21st-century democracies. More specifically, it will focus on the role of clean governance in facilitating positive change.
President Habibie is credited as having played an important role in the expansion of democracy in Indonesia. Upon taking over as President, he formed the Kabinet Reformasi Pembangunan or Development Reform Cabinet to ensure the necessary facilitation in rebuilding the nation and to develop real democracy in the country. Amongst the key reforms undertaken by President Habibie include abolishing restrictions on the formation of labour unions, releasing political detainees and opening up democratic space for the Indonesian people, including allowing for media freedom and the establishment of political parties. He was also responsible for setting the two-term limit for the presidency, a much-welcomed move after more than three decades of Suharto rule.
The ACCG Leaders’ Lecture series features distinguished ASEAN leaders and thinkers and their thoughts on the subject of clean governance and its relevance to the socio-economic and political development of the region. The first lecture was delivered by former Prime Minister of Thailand HE Mr Abhisit Vejjajiva in conjunction with the inaugural ACCG Conference.



随着在今年6月份成功举办首届东盟廉政联盟研讨会之后,我在此骄傲地宣布,槟城研究院将会再次于今年12月4日,在商贸酒店(Traders Hotel)主办“第二届东盟廉政联盟研讨会”。
哈比比总统在印尼民主化发展扮演非常重要的角色。在他接任总统一职后,他组成了“改革内阁”(Kabinet Reformasi Pembangunan/Development Reform Cabinet)以确保能有效助长国家重建,以及发展成真正的民主国家。哈比比曾创下的关键改革包括了废除限制工会的成立、释放政治犯及开放民主自由空间给印尼人民,其中允许了媒体自由和政党的成立。他也是在苏哈多总统任期超过30年卸任后,制定了总统两届任期制度。