Diplomatic Corner, a program which presents information about activities and progress of Indonesian diplomacy in the international world.
The first information is from Russia.
Indonesian student association in Russia held sport competition among students of ASEAN member countries on Sunday (29/4/2018). The title of the competition was ‘Permira ASEAN Student Games 2018’. The sport competition was participated in by 7 countries, namely Indonesia, Malaysia, Kamboja, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Myanmar. The games with the theme “let’s play together, build friendship and fair play “ was opened by displaying flags from each country of ASEAN countries and it was accompanied with traditional songs from those countries. At the opening, the participants also performed opening creation dance with the name “Perdamaian” or in English “peace” dance from East Kalimantan. Thus, cutting ‘Nasi Tumpeng’ was done by Indonesian Ambassador to the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus, Wahid Supriyadi as a sign that the event was begun. Tumpeng is a cone-shaped rice dish with side dishes of vegetables and meat. Garin Yudha Primaditya as head of the committee said that the event was hoped to be able to strengthen relations among ASEAN countries, to unite ideas and to strengthen ASEAN young people in the future. There are 3 sports which were competed namely badminton, table tennis and futsal. In addition to the sport games, there was also ASEAN stand bazaar Indonesia. The winners of the event for the first time were single man badminton from Vietnam, single woman table tennis from Vietnam, and futsal was from man group of Malaysia and Indonesia only ranked on the 2nd and 3rd. Around 300 participants and guests who attended the event, were very enthusiastic to hold the sporty event for the first time by Indonesian Student Association in Russia.
The next information is from Aceh province.
Governor of Aceh, Irwandi Yusuf received the visit of Qatar Ambassador to Indonesia, Ahmed Jassim al-Hammar in Aceh on Monday (30/4/2018). In the meeting, he offered investment in Sabang port to Qatar. In addition, the Governor also said that Aceh province wants to open direct flight route between Aceh and Qatar. To Ambassador Ahmed Jassim, Governor Irwandi Yusuf further said that many Acehnese people are currently working at oil companies in Qatar. Ambassador Ahmed Jassim welcomed the investment offered by the government of Aceh. The Ambassador also appreciated good relations which have been established between Qatar and Indonesia so far. The Ambassador also said that he will conduct the official visit in the future in a bid to discuss in detail various kinds of cooperation which are probably explored.
We end Diplomatic Corner with the news on Indonesia Fair 2018 in Dhaka.
The event was held as integrated promotion event is which combined with trade mission, culture performance and tourism. During 3 days of the implementation of the event starting from April 26-28, 2018, the Indonesia Fair held in Dhaka, Bangladesh was visited by around 10,000 visitors of Bangladeshi people. Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh, Rina P. Soemarno said that the event succeeded to record transaction worth $279.19 million dollars or more than Rp 3.76 billion, which was received from business meeting and trade exhibition. Ambassador Rina stated in a press release on Tuesday (1/5) that the achievement is a good start to strengthen Indonesia-Bangladesh trade cooperation. Especially, Ambassador Rina gave appreciation to Indonesian businesspeople who participated in Indonesia Fair 2018. She hoped that the national businesspeople could expand their business to see market potential of Bangladesh which is so big. The visitors of the exhibition were entertained with Indonesian traditional dances from 6 provinces namely West Sumatera, Aceh, Kalimantan, Papua, Jakarta, and West Java by the Indonesian embassy’s art team in Dhaka and Dhakabashi. The event also showed short movies, documentary or fiction to introduce social life of Indonesian people. Bangladeshi people and the businesspeople who participated in the exhibition, hoped that the event can become annual event in Bangladesh.