World Indonesianists Forum: Indonesian Foreign Minister Encourages Millennial Indonesianists to Make a Better Indonesia

Denpasar, 30 October 2018: Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno L.P. Marsudi encouraged the friends of Indonesia, particularly  the Milenial Indonesianists, to  give  input and recommendations to create a better Indonesia. The Indonesian Foreign Minister also stressed the importance for them to be able to improve their understanding of Indonesia.

This was conveyed by the Indonesian Foreign Minister before the participants of the World Indonesianists Forum in Denpasar, Bali (10/30). On this occasion, the Indonesian Foreign Minister also conveyed several developments around Indonesia's diplomacy in the world, including the role of Indonesia in the peace process in Palestine and Afghanistan, and Indonesia's role in increasing world awareness of the importance of marine conservation efforts, among others through  the implementation of Our Ocean Conference .

The Indonesian Foreign Minister stressed that there are two things that could make the world better: friendship and cooperation, and global leadership. For this reason, she invited the Millennialists to cooperate  with each other.

This forum was initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and Culture, and Udayana University.

The forum was held as a forum for Indonesianists to share their knowledge and experience, and to create synergies from their various initiatives and creativities  to  take part in advancing Indonesia.

The forum was attended by more than 200 participants, most of whom are Indonesianists from various backgrounds, among others  academics, researchers, students and cultural arts activists. From this number, 145 are millennial Indonesianists from 43 countries, such as the United States, Australia, Botswana, the Czech Republic, Hungary and China;  and who  currently are studying  at various Universities in Indonesia.

With the theme of The Role of Millennial Generation, the Forum was held in the form of a plenary  session and workshop consisting of 3 (three) panels with the main themes: Building World Peace: Indonesia's Contribution to a Peaceful World; Indonesia's Achievement in Science, Technology and Development; and Promoting and Preserving Indonesia's Rich Culture. The forum presented experts on Indonesia from various countries, including Prof. Anis H. Bajrektarevic (Austria), Prof. Xu Liping (RRT); Dr. Michael R.J. Vatikiotis (Australia); and Prof. Dr. Jan van der Putten (Germany).

In the plenary session, the Forum participants agreed on the importance of Indonesianists to explore the history of Indonesia, in order to be able to give clarifications  to the international community  in a more comprehensive manner. In addition to plenary sessions and workshops, the Forum also presented various cultural arts performances, such as dances, batik painting, flower & fruit arrangements, and gamelan performances by Indonesianists. (MoFA RI)