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.