Jakarta (voinews) - The Dutch Embassy in Indonesia organized a reception of the King’s Day at Erasmus Huis in Jakarta, Wednesday, May 3, 2023. The Dutch Ambassador Lambert Grijns invited a variety of guest such as Indonesian government officials, companies, NGO’s, journalists and the Dutch community to join this event. In his welcome speech, Ambassador Lambert Grijns said that Indonesia and the Netherlands are strong partners. He said the Netherlands is one of the largest European investors and trade partners to Indonesia and ASEAN.
“We are strong partners, we are one of the largest European investors and trade partners to Indonesia and to ASEAN, and we are the destination of more than 3000 students from ASEAN every year. We hope that Indonesia can be the Netherlands’ gateway to ASEAN, to help us elevate our friendship with ASEAN to an even stronger partnership,” said Ambassador Lambert.
The Dutch Ambassador Lambert Grijns also said in health sector, the Netherlands and Indonesia have a very close relationship. It is reflected for instance in another Dutch trade mission on health later this month to Jakarta and Surabaya, with quite a few Dutch companies very eager to invest in Indonesia.
The King's Day was actually celebrated every 27 April. In the Netherlands, this day is a public holiday. This year the date coincides with the Eid holiday in Indonesia, therefore King’s Day was celebrated on 3 May 2023. In addition, the celebrations also take place in Medan and Surabaya on May 5th and Bali on May 8th together with the Dutch honorary consulates. (VOI/AHM)