Lobbying for support among both international and local communities are among our key priorities for our clients. Besides helping shape public attitudes and opinions, strategic partners can help raise the credibility of a corporate or political enterprise. Whatever the goal, we do not believe in one-off contacts. We work to sustain relationships that will advance our clients’ interests in the long run.
In countries such as Indonesia, democracy has led to the flowering of non-governmental organisations (NGOs) that have carved out a special space for themselves in civil society as amplifiers of social opinion. Indeed, some NGOs compete with traditional representatives, such as political parties, as champions of popular causes. Companies, whether private or government-owned, must contend with these new sources of power by engaging and co-opting with them. Political entrepreneurs certainly do.
Our closeness to the ground helps us identify these partners and stakeholders in government, business and civil society whom our clients should know and be known to. This important knowledge could help influence public responses and facilitate serious interaction with potential business partners and rivals.