Bandar Seri Begawan - To
commemorate the 50th anniversary of Association of South East Asia
Nations (ASEAN), Ministry
of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MoFAT) of Brunei Darussalam organized a special
exhibition at the International Convention Center, Barakas, Bandar Seri Begawan
on 12-13 August 2017. There were over 20 booths of embassies and high
commissions of ASEAN member states and ASEAN Dialogue Partners; Australia,
China, Republic of Korea (ROK), India, Russia, European Union (EU), France,
Canada, the US and Japan.
Indonesian Embassy participated by displaying Indonesia's ability to produce some of the most sophisticated technology-based equipment including military equipment and transportation. The Indonesia's military products were CN235-220 Anti-Submarine Warfare (ASW), X18 Tank Boat, Komodo Missile Launcher, Sanca Mine Resistant Armoured Vehicle, and Modern Medium Tank. The technology based transportation were Diesel Hydraulic CC300 Train, Economic Premium Class Passenger Coach Train, and C295 Plane. These military and transportation product were for sale. There was also a miniature battleship of Terapang 648 made and used by Indonesia's navy to combat and for humanitarians-aids. The visitors of the exhibition were very excited of Indonesia's booth to see the technologies made by Indonesia. "Your booth is different than the rest", said one of the visitors, commenting about the booth showcasing miniature of military equipment and transportation, while the others showcased food and traditional products.
The ladies in Indonesian traditional costumes
Aside of military advanced technology and transportation, the Indonesian Embassy also promoted Indonesia's tourism destinations and attractions such as Raja Ampat, Jakarta, Borobudur Temple, and Padang's traditional house. They said that the Indonesia's tourism is beautiful and they would plan one day to visit Indonesia. "Sure, I am planning to visit Indonesia one day", said one visitor. Most of them were curious to visit Raja Ampat, they asked how to get there.
The visitors were amazed by Indonesia's ability to produce the technology based equipment and they were captivated by it's tourism destination and attractions. The visitors also came to take pictures at the booth with the ladies in Indonesian traditional costumes. "You and the costumes are pretty", the visitors keep complimenting of how beautiful the ladies and their costumes are.
By: Wilma Yolanda Dwi Ayuningtyas
Student at the London School of Public Relations
Intern at the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan