Speech of the Honorable Umar Hadi Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles At the Transfer of Responsibilities Ceremony, Monday, 20 October 2014

10/21/2014

 

Bismillahirrahmanirrahim,

Assalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh,

Good morning and peace be upon all of you,

Staff members of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles, whom I am proud of,

Honored spouses of the Home staff of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles,

Honored guests,


First of all, let us praise and thank God the Almighty for allowing us to gather here today, to witness the Transfer of Responsibility for the Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles. With humility, I have accepted the responsibility to lead this consulate.

 

I would like to take this opportunity to extend my utmost gratitude to all of the staff of the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles, for their dedication and hard work in managing the Consulate prior to my arrival. I understand that your task might not have been easy, since our Consulate is responsible to serve nearly 50 thousand strong Indonesian communities, almost half of the Indonesian population living in the U.S. Our geographical area of responsibility is quite vast, with a scope of 8 West Coast American States, as well as the islands of Hawaii, Guam, and the American Samoa. Each of these areas holds various partnership possibilities with our country Indonesia. The accreditation states within the jurisdiction of our Consulate represent nearly 40% of the trade volume between the United States and the Republic of Indonesia. It was recorded in the 2013 trade report that about 7.2 billion dollars’ worth of Indonesian export products passed through ports within our accreditation area. The largest portion of the aforementioned export products enters the U.S. through the Port of Los Angeles.

 

Our service expands beyond the numbers of trade and economy, for our Consulate also aims for the improvement of friendly relations between the Republic of Indonesia and the United States of America. We are here to build friendship.

 

Ladies and Gentlemen,

I am very grateful for the warm welcome given to me and my family since our arrival in Los Angeles last evening. Thank you for the hospitality shown, even prior to our departure from Jakarta.

 

Like all of you who have served in the Consulate for many years, I share the same purpose for being in the city of Los Angeles – I am here to work. All of us are placed here to work hard, smart, and cooperate with one another. Here are the guidelines that I adhere to:

 

First, we have to work hard. It is imperative that all of us have to give our best efforts. What we are doing here must have a purpose and meaning that benefit 250 million Indonesian citizens back home. Our hard work and dedication will yield optimum result if we have a clear direction and destination. In this regard, we all know that merely several hours ago, the inauguration of our newly elected President and Vice President has taken place back home. All of us have followed the election process very closely. We have examined and learned about the vision, mission, and course of action that President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla are planning to implement. We understand that during every governmental transition, change and continuity are inevitable.

 

Our task within the Consulate, as an integral part of the Indonesian Government, is to follow and implement the national work programs established by our Government. In implementing those programs, it is natural for us to adapt them to conform to the local situation and condition of our area of work. This would ensure that our efforts will reach the intended aim. Therefore, for the sake of the People of Indonesia, all of us have to give our best – our hard work.

 

Second, we have to work smart and precise. We have to establish a governance that is well done, clean, and corruption free. Good governance is a necessity, not an option.

We also have to establish compliance of the work standards of our office. The process of planning, budgeting, implementation, overseeing, and reporting, must be done in a precise and responsible manner. Every Rupiah that is used to fund our program are the financial property of our nation – the money of the people that should be used responsibly.

 

That is why I want to ask you to work smart and precise, not only because we are told to do so, but also because it is our own determination to establish a well-managed Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles. It should be our common vision that our Consulate is run in a disciplined, corruption free, and efficient manner. Our Consulate should represent Indonesia, South East Asia’s largest democracy and economy. We should envision a Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia that is able to face the challenges of the 21st century.

 

Hard work and precision only guarantee half of our success. The other half is cooperation. One of our prized national heritage is the tradition of “Gotong Royong” – working together. Our famous proverb is “Ringan sama dijinjing, berat sama dipikul.” We carry the light loads together; we shoulder the heavy loads together.

 

The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles is one whole unit. That is why cooperation between us is an absolute necessity. However, good cooperation should not be born out of a mere sense of professional responsibility. It should be born out of the spirit of good will as members of one family. The noble tradition of “Gotong Royong” and familial camaraderie of our nation are based on: togetherness, respecting one another, helping one another, a sense of common ownership as well as common responsibility.

 

The success of our mission relies heavily on the relationship and cooperation that we build with everyone in our scope of relation: the Indonesian community, university students, the Diaspora community, local governments, local businesses, various university faculty members, the mass media community, and so forth. The Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles must also be a strong pillar in cooperation between other Indonesian Consulates within the U.S., as well as the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Washington D.C.

 

I couldn’t stress it enough: we are all here to work hard, to work smart, and to work together.

 

Respected Ladies and Gentlemen,

In this auspicious occasion, I would like to outline the three priorities that I envision as Consul General.

 

The first priority is to manage our Consulate in a disciplined, efficient, and corruption free manner. The National finances, properties, and manpower that are entrusted and financed by our country must be managed honestly, responsibly, and well. We have to remember that our Consulate represents the face of Indonesia. When we manage our Consulate properly, we also represent Indonesia in proper manner.

 

The second priority is to develop a system of protection of Indonesian nationals and public service that are expedient, responsive, and efficient. The protection of our citizens is our constitutional responsibility; good public service is our democratic responsibility. Therefore, a well-developed system to manage both is of absolute necessity. Well-managed protection and service are not dependent upon the officers or managers, but they are dependent upon a fine tuned system.

 

The third priority is to develop a well-aimed promotion of Indonesia. The promotion of our export products holds the highest priority of our efforts. Lately, the Indonesian export products have grown in variety beyond crude material and agricultural products. Our export has grown to include built and value added materials, such as electronics and automotive components.

 

The United States market is a very competitive one. Therefore, we have to present smart and creative efforts in promoting our national products. If necessary, “Door to Door” or “Blusukan” efforts could be implemented.

 

A precise-aimed promotion is also required to increase the volume of Indonesian tourism, the advancements of research and development efforts, as well as cooperation in many other fields of interest.

 

In a nutshell, we are in the business of promoting a New Indonesia. We are the face of a democratic Indonesia, which is the largest economy in South East Asia, as well as a responsible leader of our region. As a nation, Indonesia has proven that democracy, Islam, and modernity could thrive side by side, hand in hand. Indonesia has an important place and value in the global stage, including the United States of America.

 

Therefore, I would like to ask all of us to work together to establish a better Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Los Angeles that is equipped to serve a New Indonesia well. An improved Consulate for a New Indonesia.

 

Thank you

Wassalamualaikum Warahmatullahi Wabarakatuh