Indonesian President Joko Widodo highlighted the importance of diplomats to pay attention to Indonesia's economic diplomacy efforts. This was conveyed when opening a Working Meeting of the Head of Representatives of Indonesia at Gedung Pancasila, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in Jakarta. In his speech the President said diplomats should be able to develop Indonesia's exports to non-traditional markets rather than relying solely on traditional markets. Related to that, the President stressed the importance of conducting market research efforts or marketing intelligence to find the appropriate products needed by friendly countries. In addition, in the investment sector, the President also highlighted the importance of increasing investment from friendly countries to Indonesia and vice versa. The President also hopes that diplomats can start promoting Indonesia Expo to be held in October. He wants the diplomats to attract as many investors as possible through Indonesia's biggest exhibition.
"Although our peace and humanitarian diplomacy is good, we still need to boost our efforts in economic diplomacy. We still need to work on non-traditional markets. No longer depending on traditional old markets. We should be more resilient, more serious to work on non-traditional markets. The second is related to marketing intelligence. It should be checked, done in detail and reported. Later in the plenary session we can decide. Where do the exports go, where do the products go, what are the colors, what is the packaging like, how we customize them. And the third is related to economic diplomacy, investment opportunities. both Investment opportunities in the country and their investors' opportunities to enter our country. The fourth is related to the Indonesian Expo in October. Put all efforts to bring in as many buyers from countries where you are assigned as possible. Bring as much as possible and make promotions from now on," said President Joko Widodo.
In addition to the economic diplomacy, President Joko Widodo also mentioned that Indonesia has also contributed to efforts to maintain the world’s peace. Indonesia's peace diplomacy, according to the President, has even received the appreciation from a number of heads of state in the world. Indonesia, according to the President, has also taken measures to protect Indonesian citizens abroad. Related to this, the President expects that each representative office of Indonesia abroad can create a data base that includes all citizens of Indonesia in each destination country to further improve the protection of Indonesian citizens. (VOI/Ndy)