Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia, today (13/01) has organized a
working lunch with more than 20 journalists from various Italian leading
mass media. The event, Meet the Press, is an annual event to have a
face to face encounter with the forefront actors of people-to-people
The main idea of this event is to share information regarding
Indonesia in the past year of 2013, such as economic progress, political
stability, social and cultural, as well as other achievements. All
invited journalists are welcome to raise question on bilateral
relationship between Indonesia and Italy.
On the opening
presentation, the Ambassador of Indonesia explained the Indonesia Macro
Economic Indicators which is showing a slight decline due to global
crisis. In 2013, GDP Growth is approximately 5.6% on September 2013,
while GDP of 2013 is US$ 946.321 million.
Indonesian GDP per capita in
2013 is approximately US$3,816.68. Total Italy investment in Indonesia
in 2013 is US$ 35.3 million in 31 projects.On the political
sector, Indonesia has maintained her political stability throughout
2013. Underlying Indonesia’s vibrant economy is political stability.
decade ago, many analysts envisaged that certain break-away provinces
would bring about Indonesia’s “balkanization”. In 2001, Indonesia
embarked on an ambitious and challenging decentralization effort.
it has been challenging journey, today Indonesia is one of the most
decentralized countries in the world with substantial funds and
authorities devolved to the regions.
This coming April Indonesia will
hold general election. It will be the third direct presidential election
in Indonesia, and the elected president will have the job for the time
period up to five years. Based on the Constitution, the current
President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono could not seek a third term on
Although overall Indonesia has a good profile, there
are several challenges Indonesia has to overcome in the near future.
The First Challenges are to maintain stability during election times, to
manage inflation, pressure on State budget (exchange rate, subsidies in
oil & electricity), to built more infrastructure for connectivity,
to increase education & health facilities, to increase income from
While the second challenges are global recession, potential
escalation from rivalries among countries in the region, and thread from
transnational crime (terrorism and drugs).
question and answer, most journalists highlighted the tourism and
agricultural sector. In tourism, Indonesia has done many efforts to
boost number of visitor, by building and developing infrastructures and
creating specific themed vacation such as adventure, spa, shopping, or
even eco-tourism to attract more tourists.
In term of agricultural
sector, Indonesia’s top 3 exports to Italy are palm oil, coffee, and
cacao. Indonesia also actively joins many specific expos for instance
Eurochocolate and Trieste Espresso Expo.
This forum has also
sparked an idea in order to hold these meetings twice a year so that the
journalists remain updated on the development of Indonesia and
Indonesia's image still remain resonates in the mass media. The second
meeting of 2014 is proposed to be held on the last week of June 2014
before the summer holidays begin. (Source: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia)