On this auspicious occasion of the 65th
anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Indonesia, I have great
pleasure to extend my heartfelt felicitations to the Indonesian community in
China, and best wishes for the time-tested Indonesia-China kinship which I hope
will continue to flourish perpetually.
Today we recall with gratitude and pay tribute to
decades of perseverance, tenacity and struggling fortitude of our two peoples
and nations went through and put up against colonization and various forms of
While reflecting on the values of freedom, unity,
sovereignty and equality that we have been cherishing since the proclamation of
Indonesian independence on August 17, 1945, we are also celebrating our
achievements as a stable, democratic, and multicultural society with a strong
and competitive economy.
Indonesia has shown its resilience in confronting
the recent global economic and financial crisis and has been well-referred to
as the new ‘economic golden child’ and ‘the investment haven’ following Brazil,
Russia, India and China or BRIC. It is not unexpected. The country’s economy,
the largest in Southeast Asia, cautiously grew at the annual rate of 6.2% in
the second quarter this year. The stock market rises more than 20%--among the
best-performing equities markets in Asia. Its currency is one of Asia’s
strongest, according to the data from Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board
as quoted by the New York Times (5 August 2010).
In an economy that is currently worth of $650
billion a year and expected to grow to $1 trillion in five years, Indonesia is
expecting to lure $30 to $40 billion in annual foreign investment by 2015.
Currently, it has $3.7 billion in FDI in the second quarter this year, a 51%
rise from a year earlier.
As an archipelago with a pressing need of
connectivity, Indonesia has 390,000 km of roads and plans to build 4,000 km of
road per year, which will need an estimated total budget of US$150 billion. Of this
amount, $50 billion will be borne by the government. Therefore, the Indonesian
government is hoping to attract foreign investments to fund this important
venture. China Investment Corp. is one of foreign financiers already pledging
to invest in Indonesia, particularly for its infrastructure projects, by
pitching in as much as $25 billion share.
The administration of President Susilo
Bambang Yudhoyono has won
plaudits for spawning transformational changes to domestic development in all
sectors while bolstering the public confidence and charting the country back in
the world’s rostrum as a one of the key players.
Now Indonesia is striving to embark upon the second
wave of its reform aimed at liberating the country from the impact of recent
crises and at accomplishing the reform agendas. It serves as the stepping stone
to realize the ‘Indonesia Vision 2025’ of moving forward towards a mature
democracy based on three pillars: self-reliance, high competitiveness, and
The main goals are to materialize unity and social
harmony; to consolidate national stability; to strengthen democracy and
transparency; to maintain law and order; to intensify economic growth; to improve
people’s welfare; to improve good governance and corruption eradication; to protect
environment; to advance local development; and to foster global partnership and
To achieve such goals, the government has committed
to implementing a more relevant paradigm and grand strategy of economic
development. It will integrate the resources, knowledge and culture, while
advancing research, developing innovative and adaptive thinking as well as
excellent technology, and fostering entrepreneurship. The national economy will
be promoted on the basis of comparative and competitive advantages and market
mechanism for efficiency.
At the same time, in keeping with the mandate of
the 1945 Constitution, Indonesia will continue to pursue an independent and
active foreign policy based on equality and mutually beneficial principles. It
adopts ‘a million friends, zero enemy’ all-direction diplomacy in facing the ever-changing
Indonesia has been actively pioneering and contributing
to the efforts of dealing with the global issues, including climate change. It
will continue to get involved in the world’s endeavors to realize a more just,
democratic and prosperous world, such as by encouraging the reform of the UN as
well as world financial institutions and finding solutions to global economic
On bilateral front, further enhancement of
Indonesia-China friendly ties is our unswerving policy. This year marks a
historical milestone of the long-standing kinship between the two countries. High
level exchanges have provided platform for reaffirming and exploring new
avenues for cooperation. Bilateral agreements and the implementation of the
Plans of Action of the Strategic Partnership have boosted the bonds to a new
height. The presence of more than 10 millions Indonesians of Chinese descent (some
even estimate that the number reaches approximately 4-5% of Indonesia’s total
population), as well as hundred thousands of Chinese nationals from Indonesia
that returned back to the mainland (“Huaqiao”), and
the ever intensified interactions between the two peoples have added a vital
dimension to our relationship. We are convinced that with the joint efforts of
our two governments and two peoples, the strategic partnership will bring more benefits
in the days to come.
Today, the world sees Indonesia differently. It is
the third biggest democratic country, the bridge between Islam and the West, an
emerging economic powerhouse in Asia, and a vibrant nation that successfully
exercises freedom, pluralism and tolerance. Looking forward into the future, we
are full with confidence that Indonesia will stand on par with other countries
in deciding the course of the world order.
The journey is going to be long and painful, but we
are confident that we will be able to build a great, just, prosperous and
advanced nation. Only with persistent determination, elevated nationalism and
hard work will we succeed.
Happy Anniversary Indonesia!