February 1, 2018 Print

The Asia Liberty Forum, #AsiaLF18, presented by Atlas Network with local co-host the Indonesia-based Center for Indonesian Policy Studies (CIPS), is a gathering of the best and the brightest in Asia to discuss and exchange solutions that promote liberty and free-market reforms in the region. The conference will include dozens of sessions on topics ranging from food trade policy, free trade, property rights, education policy, and more.

What: Asia Liberty Forum, presented by Atlas Network with local co-host Center for Indonesian Policy Studies. Major sponsorship generously provided by the John Templeton Foundation.

When: February 10-11, 2018

Where: Mandarin Oriental hotel, Jakarta, Indonesia

Press Contact: Daniel Anthony, Daniel.Anthony@AtlasNetwork.org, or local Indonesia-based contact, Anthea Haryoko, anthea.haryoko@cips-indonesia.org

How: To attend or arrange for interviews, you must contact Anthea Haryoko at anthea.haryoko@cips-indonesia.org

Asia Liberty Forum Highlights:

  • Keynote address by Suraj Vaidya chairman SAARC Chamber of Commerce and Samriddhi Foundation Nepal
  • Keynote address about Indonesian free trade reforms by Muhammad Chatib Basri, former Minister of Finance of Indonesia on Policy Reforms in an Imperfect World
  • Gala Freedom Dinner with keynote address by KH Yahya Cholil Staquf, General Secretary of Nahdlatul Ulama Supreme Council
  • Special talk about food price issues from Center for Indonesian Policy Studies Head of Research Hizkia Respatiadi
  • Special session on “Entrepreneurship in E-Commerce” with Uber Indonesia Senior Public Policy Associate Joanna Octavia
  • Announcement of the 2018 Asia Liberty Award winner
  • Regional Think Tank Shark Tank competition, where contestants pitch their innovative project before a panel of philanthropists and the regional network of free-market think tanks for the chance to win $10,000
  • Elevator Pitch Competition, where contestants have just sixty seconds each to persuade the audience of the importance of their work to promote liberty
  • Launch of new book from CIPS, 12 Indonesian Dreams
  • Special session on what it takes for an intellectual entrepreneur to start a public policy think tank, featuring Dr. Tom G. Palmer (Atlas Network, United States)
  • Crowdsource Liberty, an open-space workshop to discuss different project ideas across Asia
  • Special talks on education policy and the future of learning
  • Workshop on property rights reforms
  • Special session on technological solutions for the protection of property rights


About Atlas Network
Washington-based Atlas Network is a nonprofit organization that strengthens the worldwide freedom movement by connecting over 475 independent partners in over 90 countries that share the vision of a free, prosperous, and peaceful world where limited governments defend the rule of law, private property, and free markets.

About the Center for Indonesian Policy Studies
The mission of Center for Indonesian Policy Studies is to suggest policies that are based on its belief that only civil, political, and economic freedom allows Indonesia to prosper. Policies will be formulated specifically for their target audiences in the legislative and executive branches of government.