Seoul, South Korea: Ambassador to South Korea, Umar Hadi, officially presented his credentials to President Moon Jae-in at the Cheong Wa Dae Palace (Blue House), Seoul (18/7). Republic of Korea's president believes bilateral relations will increase in the future.
The presentation of credentials ceremony was also attended by Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and a number of Republic of Korea functionaries. Ambassador Umar Hadi was accompanied by his wife Siti Nila Purnama Hadi and his daughter Ratna Aini Hadi, as well as Defense Attaché Colonel (Navy) Oka Wirayudha and Political Function Coordinator of the Embassy in Seoul, Tudiono.
In the special meeting after the presentation of credentials, Ambassador Umar Hadi conveyed greetings from the President of Indonesia Joko Widodo and all the people of Indonesia to President Moon and all the people of Korea. The RI Ambassador also delivered an invitation from President Jokowi to the newly elected President Moon in the May elections to visit Indonesia.
The Ambassador Umar Hadi appreciated the relationship that has existed so far between Indonesia and the Republic of Korea. Korea is Indonesia's strategic partner since 2006, where since then bilateral relations have been growing. He also ensured the GoI's commitment to continuously strengthen Indonesia's strategic partnership with Korea and hoped to promote the implementation of a deeper and broader strategic partnership between both countries and bringing benefits to the people of both countries.
Meanwhile, President Moon believes that both countries will be able to strengthen their bilateral relations. In particular, President Moon noted the progress of an exciting cooperation in the field of the defense industry. In addition, Korea also gave high attention to cooperation with ASEAN, therefore President Moon has sent Special Envoy to ASEAN to meet President Jokowi at the end of last May 2017.
Korea has been one of the most important and strategic partners in the region for Indonesia. Indonesia and the Republic of Korea have a Joint Commission Meeting on the level of Foreign Ministers and Strategic Dialogue at the Level of Deputy-Foreign Ministers to discuss the strategic issues of both countries.
In defense sector especially in procurement of armaments, Indonesia and Korea have implemented Strategic Partnership by placing trust and confidence as the principle of cooperation. Currently, they are constructing 3 units of submarines for the Navy accompanied by the transfer of technology to PT PAL. Indonesia is also the first buyer of T50 jet trainer products and is currently implementing a joint development program of KFX/IFX fighters.
In the economic field, the cooperation between the two countries shows positively prospects. Korea's investment in Indonesia currently ranked 4th with a total investment realization in 2016 of USD 1,065.8 million. In trade, for Indonesia Korea is the 6th largest export destination country, and the 5th largest import country of origin.
In the tourism sector, tourists from Korea rank as 6th country of origin of foreign tourists who vacationed to Indonesia in 2016 amounting to 350 thousand persons, while tourists from Indonesia who vacation in Korea also continues to increase to nearly 300 thousand people. Meanwhile, Korea is one of the goals of Indonesian students who want to study abroad. Currently the number of Indonesian students in various universities in Korea reaches 1200 people with an increasing trend in the years to come.
The other interesting point is, that the ginseng country is a "home" for migrant workers. A total of 35 thousands of Indonesian workers gain foreign exchange in various industries with equal treatment with local employees. Their average monthly income is between Rp 20 - Rp 30 million.
Ambassador Umar Hadi is a senior career diplomat. He was inaugurated by President Jokowi as Ambassador to the Republic of Korea on March 13, 2017. Prior to becoming Ambassador of Indonesia in Seoul, Umar Hadi served as Consul General of Indonesia in Los Angeles (2014-2017), Director of Western Europe (2012-2014), Deputy Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague (2009-2012), and Director of Public Diplomacy (2005 -2009). He has also served in the Permanent Mission of Indonesia for the UN in Geneva. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Seoul)