The parent world football organization or FIFA immediately showed its dedication to supporting the transformation of Indonesian football after establishing an office in Jakarta. / Photo: Antara
JAKARTA – The parent world football organization or FIFA immediately showed its dedication to supporting the transformation of Indonesian football after establishing an office in Jakarta. This support was provided by holding two major agendas, namely the FIFA-ASEAN MoU Renewal Consultation Workshop and the FIFA Financial Governance Workshop.
These two big agendas were held at the FIFA Jakarta office. The first agenda, namely the FIFA-ASEAN MoU Renewal Consultation Workshop, was held on November 15. This event, which was initiated together with the ASEAN Secretariat, focuses on discussions regarding activities that have been carried out within the framework of the FIFA-ASEAN Memorandum of Understanding which has been ongoing since 2019 and will run until the end of 2024.
Apart from that, there were also discussions covering roles and responsibilities, the FIFA Football 4 School (F4S) program and stadium protection and security. The hope is that this memorandum of understanding will be updated at the next ASEAN Summit at the end of 2024.
FIFA Member Director for Asia & Oceania, Sanjeevan Balasingam, said that the FIFA-ASEAN MoU Renewal Consultation Workshop agenda aims to increase FIFA’s synergy with Asian football, especially Southeast Asia.
“The main aim of this event is to create greater synergy between stakeholders so that the updated MoU is more oriented to real needs, so that it is hoped that it will have a greater impact on football in the ASEAN community,” said Sanjeevan in his official release, quoted in Sunday (19/11/2023).
Then, the next agenda for the FIFA Financial Governance Workshop will take place on 16-17 November 2023. The agenda, which was attended by top officials from Southeast and East Asian football federations, focuses on strengthening financial governance and discussing topics including the newly launched FIFA Financial Governance guidelines, planning practices & budgets, fund transfers, central audit reviews, as well as presentations of modern accounting software and project accounting.
At this workshop, a bilateral meeting was also held between FIFA and the football associations of the participating countries to discuss current issues. Member of the PSSI Executive Committee, Vivin Cahyani, said that this effort was clear evidence of FIFA’s commitment to helping develop Southeast and East Asian football.
“The efforts made by FIFA are proof of its commitment to fostering credibility, transparency and accountability in managing funds in football associations in Southeast Asia and East Asia,” said Vivin.
Meanwhile, PSSI General Chair Erick Thohir also praised FIFA for its rapid initiative aimed at improving the standards of football governance in Asia, especially in Indonesia. The 53 year old man confirmed that in the future there will be increased collaboration between FIFA, PSSI and the Indonesian government, with one goal, namely the transformation of football in Indonesia.