Ambassador Address at Gala Dinner Indonesia Expose Day 2016


​          HE Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to India         

Honourable Ms. Ambika Sharma (Joint Director General FICCI)

Honourable Shri Dilip Gaur (Head – Pulp & Fibre Business of the Aditya Birla Group)

Honourable Guest


Distinguished delegates

Ladies and Gentlemen,



Good evening and warm welcome to you. This evening, I am honoured to be here with you our honourable guests; excellencies head of foreign missions; distinguished members of renowned Indian chambers of commerce and industry; distinguished guests and friends.


It also gives me pleasure to host tonight’s event which will feature cuisines prepared by chefs from Indonesia, a fashion show of typical Indonesian outfits by Indonesian designers as well as performance of traditional dances from Indonesia.


I would like to extend my sincere thanks to the organisers from the Embassy, FICCI and Aditya Birla Group for their endeavours to organise such a wonderful event tonight.

Earlier in the morning and afternoon, most of you have been presented Indonesia from the perspective of trade, investment, tourism, industry, and service. Tonight, I would like you to enjoy another presentation of Indonesia from creative economy and culture perspectives.

For over 6 decades, India and Indonesia have enjoyed strong relationship supported by long-standing shared historical affinity and close cultural ties that go back centuries or millennia. The two countries are natural partners which share common values and strategic interests including democracy, free market economy, tolerance, the rule of law, and so on and so forth.


Both countries successfully elevated the bilateral relations to strategic partnership in 2005. This strategic partnership has opened opportunities for wider and deeper cooperation in many sectors. From thereafter, MoUs in multiple sectors have been signed, high level engagements have been conducted, high level officials have visited respective countries, bilateral meetings have been established to have intensive and coordinative interaction among officials of the ministries and institutions, and some projects have been implemented for the cause of the development and the people.


Over the past two years, the two countries’ relations have been positively intense. We have witnessed that President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met in international and regional fora. During their meetings, PM Modi had extended invitation to President Joko Widodo to visit India. Now, we have high hopes that President Joko Widodo will visit India some time at the end of this year. Likewise, we also expect that Indian leaders of the highest levels would also visit Indonesia in the near future. 


In November of last year, Vice President of India Hon’ble Hamid Ansari visited Jakarta and Bali. The visit was productive and brought home fruitful and satisfactory results such as the signing of MoU on Renewable Energy Cooperation and Cultural Exchanges as well as business interaction in several forums.

Indonesia – India cooperation has successfully resulted in business-to-business benefits. Trade volume between Indonesia and India is enormous, standing at US$ 16.7 billion. Annually, palm oil and coal are the major export commodities to India. However, we want the commodities to be diversified to include major manufactured goods and services. 

Nonetheless, I see that in between the benefits lay some gaps particularly in business-to-business contact. To narrow this gap, while both governments’ role is to facilitate, businessmen from the two countries need to enhance their engagements.


Let me therefore take this opportunity to urge business people from India and Indonesia to strengthen their good networking in order to reap more benefits. I believe the commercial links should be preserved well as part of the two countries’ legacy.


I see many opportunities and prosperity in both countries’ business, trade and investment sectors. By the Indonesia Exposé Day, I would like to offer more commodities which can be traded as well as opportunities for investment.


I wish you good luck in all your deliberations and business interactions during the Indonesia Exposé Day.


Finally, I hope you enjoy the dinner and the shows and may this evening be a pleasant and memorable for all of us.


Thank you