On Monday, March 26, 2012, at the Library of the City of Los Altos, California, Hon. Asianto Sinambela, Consul General, was invited by Mr. Ralph Kuiper, Chairman of the Peninsula Chapter of the World Affairs Council of Northern, to give a presentation on the latest developments in Indonesia for the Great Decisions Discussion Group forum (GDDG).
In opening remarks, the Consul General explained the development of political, social/cultural, economic and investment growth in Indonesia. He also discussed the role of Indonesia in bilateral, regional and multilateral forums in the handling of global issues.
The presentation, titled "Indonesia: Recent Development", consists of 3 parts. The first section describes the geographical location of Indonesia, area and population comparison of Indonesia and the United States, the diversity of ethnic groups and cultures in Indonesia, religious tolerance in Indonesia. The second part describes the economic development of Indonesia, Indonesia's main commodities, the potential for economic cooperation which was taken from the Masterplan of Economic Development, Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesia (MP3EI) 2012-2025. The last section describes RI-US comprehensive partnership including the breaking of World Record of playing the bamboo instrument “Angklung” and the American Batik Design Competition (ABDC).
In the question and answer session, the participants posed questions about the development of democracy, religious life in Indonesia today, the issue of corruption, economic development/investment and tourism. Some of the questions include the efforts of government to prevent environmental damage, including the issue of global climate change.
The participants are impressed with the development of social and politics in Indonesia and with the progress of economic and investment in Indonesia today. On that occasion, the Consul General conveyed the strong commitment of the Government of Indonesia to enforce the law and bureaucratic reform. In regard to environment protection and climate change, the Indonesia government is committed to reduce emissions to 26% and to 40% with assistance from the international world and hope that the U.S. would have the same commitment.