The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in collaboration with the Republic of Indonesia Embassy (KBRI) Oslo will hold an integrated promotion of tourism, trade and investment by holding an Indonesian Festival with the theme "Wonderful Indonesia: A Land of Diversity" in Oslo, Norway, from 28-30 June 2019 .
The Indonesian Festival was first held in Norway and will be the largest in the Nordic region. This activity is intended to introduce Indonesia's diversity to the Norwegian community as an effort to strengthen diplomatic relations between the two countries.
The Indonesian Ambassador to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland, Todung Mulya Lubis, revealed that the Festival was intended to be a driver of strengthening people-to-people contact, which is an important capital to support the bilateral increase.
"The festival will be an arena to introduce cultural diversity and the richness of Indonesia's biological resources to Norwegian people," added Ambassador Todung Mulya Lubis. "To strengthen our efforts, there will also be business seminars and meetings, cultural performances, exhibitions of Indonesia's superior products , like coffee, food, and fashion. "
To increase Norwegian people's understanding of Indonesia's efforts to achieve sustainable development goals (Sustainable Development Goals / SDGs), the Festival will begin with a business seminar. The theme to be raised is "The Potential Role of Palm Oil in Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals." According to Ambassador Mulya Lubis, the seminar will focus on discussions on palm oil products and peatlands that are managed sustainably.
The seminar will present a number of Indonesian speakers and will be attended by around 200 Norwegian entrepreneurs. The seminar will be closed with a business meeting to build networking between Indonesian entrepreneurs and their partners in Norway.
Later that night, Ambassador Mulya Lubis will host the night of the reception which will be the official opening of the Festival. The reception will be attended by invited guests from Norwegian government and business circles. The Norwegian Minister of Environment as a guest of honor.
The highlight of the event will be held in the center of Oslo, the Spikersuppa square. The most crowded place in the Norwegian capital will be transformed into an Indonesian market with dozens of tents (booths) exhibiting superior products of Indonesia.
The festival will also be enlivened by art and cultural performances that will be exhibited by artists who come directly from regions in Indonesia. Not to forget, batik workshops will be one of the activities during the Festival. In addition, there will also be exhibited several traditional traditional clothing, a Komodo dragon replica of 3 meters, forest wealth products, and tropical peat.
The festival will also present coffee specialty from Indonesia to introduce Indonesian coffee products through free coffee demonstrations. The coffee beans that will be used are specifically selected from Indonesian farmers who have practiced a conservation approach in the management of coffee cultivation and have received training as a Q-grader for coffee.
Ambassador Mulya Lubis will also use the Festival to introduce ten leading Indonesian tourist destinations, known as "10 New Bali". (kemenlu)