Introductory Remarks and Report by the Minister for Foreign Affairs on the Occasion of the Address by the President of the Republic of Indonesia before the Heads of Foreign Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations

7/11/2012

 
Excellency President of the Republic of Indonesia;
 
Excellencies Ministers, members of the Cabinet of the Republic of Indonesia;
 
Excellencies Ambassadors, Charges des Affaires, and Representatives of International Organizations;
 
Ladies and Gentlemen;
 
Assalamu'alaikum Wr. Wb.
 
Good morning and peace be upon us.
 
First of all, let us all praise Allah the Almighty, for by His Grace we are bestowed with good health so that we can continue to serve our beloved country and to continue our work in advancing the wellbeing of all peoples.
 
It is truly an honour for us at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and for all members of the diplomatic corps in Indonesia, that in the midst of your busy schedule, Excellency Mr. President, you can spare some of your time to be with us this morning.
 
Therefore, on behalf of everyone present here, I wish to extend our most sincere appreciation, Excellency Mr. President, for having favoured us with your esteemed presence on this august occasion.
 
The opportunity to hear your thoughts on recent developments in our country is a truly valuable one.
 
With your permission, Excellency Mr. President, allow me to bid a warm welcome to all Ambassadors, Heads of Foreign diplomatic missions and International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
 
Welcome to Gedung Pancasila, with its distinct historical significance in the journey of our nation, particularly the history of Indonesia’s diplomatic endeavours.
 
Excellency Mr. President,
 
Allow me to report to you that on this occasion, we have the presence of all Heads of Foreign Diplomatic Missions, including Ambassadors and Charges des Affaires as well as Heads of International Organizations who are based in Jakarta.
 
At the moment, there are no less than 128 foreign Embassies, Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, and representatives of international organizations in Jakarta.
 
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Indonesia represent countries from every corner of the globe; from Azerbaijan in Central Asia to Zimbabwe in the Southern part of Africa; from Panama in Central America to Finland in Northern Europe.
 
Foreign Diplomatic Missions in Indonesia also represent a wide variety of nations, from developed nations as well as developing ones, and archipelagic nations as well as landlocked developing ones.
 
The same is true with the presence of international organizations and agencies in Jakarta that cover a wide variety of issues. They range from the ASEAN Secretariat and the UNDP, to the ILO in the field of labour, and the WHO in the health sector.
 
This variety reflects the multidimensional scope and aspects of Indonesia’s foreign policy.
 
Excellency Mr. President,
 
I also have the honour to report that positive developments in Indonesia as well as the continuing rise of ASEAN as a regional organization with global influence will further elevate the position of Jakarta as one of the diplomatic capitals in the East Asian region.
 
In 2011, for instance, five countries opened new representative offices in Indonesia, namely the Embassies of Fiji, Colombia, Belarus and Paraguay in Jakarta and the Consulate-General of the People’s Republic of China in Medan.
 
Also in the year 2011, 16 countries assigned their Permanent Representatives to ASEAN in Jakarta. Thus, by the end of 2011, a total of 61 countries have assigned Permanent Representatives to ASEAN.
 
In 2012, three countries intend to open their representative offices in Indonesia, namely Oman, Vanuatu and Georgia.
At the same time, in 2011, eleven new representative offices of Indonesia were opened and came into operation in a number of countries.
 
These presence of foreign diplomatic missions in Jakarta and Indonesia’s representative offices abroad have further increased our opportunities to continuously enhance our bilateral and multilateral in the years ahead.
 
Excellency Mr. President,
 
Ladies and Gentlemen,
 
The basic duty of Ambassadors or Representatives of international organizations, including those who are based in Indonesia, is to deepen and expand bilateral relations with the country to which they are accredited.
 
This vital duty is undoubtedly not an easy one.
 
Ambassadors have important roles to play, especially in today’s world with its growing complexity and uncertainties.
 
Where no nation can face global challenges on its own.
 
International cooperation is thus imperative.
 
And this is where Ambassadors have important roles to play.
 
Specifically, today, progress in information technology has an impact on the role and functions of diplomats, particularly Ambassadors.
 
We live in a world with a wide variety of real-time information.
 
With a 24/7 cycle.
 
Obviously, such circumstance sets forth challenges and opportunities for every Ambassador.
 
Not least, in Indonesia.
 
Ambassadors have wide access to information from all sources.
 
At the same time, these conditions bring challenges to every Ambassador, as they distill the essence of and give meaning to the available information.
 
This, once again, is what makes an Ambassador’s role and duty so important:
 
Based on such understanding, through various channels, media and forums, the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has continuously maintained intensive communication with all foreign representatives, especially with Ambassadors, to ensure that they are getting timely, accurate, relevant and complete information about Indonesian policies and developments.
 
All these efforts are aimed at comprehensively providing accurate and up-to-date information on Indonesia’s policies and developments.
 
Nevertheless, this morning’s occasion is truly of an important opportunity, as Your Excellency Mr. President have graciously agreed to interact with all foreign Ambassadors and Heads of Missions and representatives of international organizations.
Because Your Excellency Mr. President have agreed to share with us your views on latest developments in Indonesia and the policies of the Indonesian Government.
 
We therefore once again wish to thank you for your esteemed presence on this occasion.
 
May I now seek your kind indulgence, Excellency Mr. President, of delivering your address on recent developments in Indonesia.
 
And this concludes my remarks.
 
Assalamu'alaikum warahmatullahi wabarakatuh.