Tourism and Antiquities Training for Palestinians Held in Yogyakarta

The Directorate of Technical Cooperation, Directorate General of Information and Public Diplomacy, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in cooperation with Ministry of Education and Culture has held an International Training Workshop on Tourism and Antiquities for Palestinians in Jogjakarta on 11th-25th March 2017 which was officially opened by Ambassador Teguh Wardoyo, RI Ambassador for Jordan and Palestine, on 13th March 2017 at Borobudur Conservation Center.

In his opening speech, Ambassador Wardoyo said that so far Indonesia, through the Directorate of Technical Cooperation, has held more than 150 programs involving more than 1.700 Palestinians. Indonesia will continue its commitment to support Palestinian independence including in the form of capacity building aid. He also added that in this Workshop, the 11 training participants will be given training on conservation and antiquities which is expected to be practiced in Palestine.

The opening of the training was also attended by the Charge d'Affairs, of the Palestinian Embassy to Indonesia, and the Head of Borobudur Conservation Center. The opening ceremony began with the official affixing of identification pins to two representatives of the training participants. In his welcoming speech, the Head of Borobudur Conservation Center welcomed the Palestinian participants and explained that antiquities training for Palestinians had been held twice, in 2014 and 2017. He also added that the participants will also visit historical tourist attractions, watch the Borobudur conservation exhibition, and Borobudur historical site which were built on the 10th century. This training is expected to increase the knowledge on archeology and antiquities of both sides.

The Charge d’Affairs of the Palestinian Embassy took the opportunity to express his gratitude to the Indonesian Government especially to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Amman for their continuous support for Palestine. He added that Indonesia has given support for Palestine since the Asian-African Conference in 1955. Mr. Taher hoped that the 11 training participants from Palestine can gain knowledge and experience of Indonesia from this training.

The workshop will involve 4 local participants from the Museum of the Asian-African Conference. The local and Palestinians participants are expected to share their experiences and knowledge in the field of history. The workshop material corresponds with Palestine’s need to learn from Indonesia’s experience in managing and implementing conservation and restoring historical sites, and will conclude with a workshop about disaster management. In addition to training from resource persons from the Center, Gadjah Mada University and UNESCO, the participants will also practice in the Center’s laboratory, participate in the Borobudur conservation exhibition, and take a field trip to historical sites, namely the Mendut Temple, Prambanan Temple, Plaosan Temple and Jogjakarta Palace. The outcome of this workshop and training is expected to help increase the skill and ability of Palestinians, most of whom are conservation Managers/Directors working in historical towns such as Nablus, Bethlehem and Jerusalem.