Welcoming remarks BY H.E. Nicholas T. Dammen on the occasion of the Reception celebrating the 64th Anniversary of the Independence


BY H.E. Nicholas T. Dammen
Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia
on the occasion of the Reception celebrating the 64th Anniversary of the Independence
August 17, 2009, at Lotte Hotel, Crystal Ballroom

Your Excellency Kim Jong-hoon, Minister for Trade of the Republic of Korea

Distinguished guests,
Ladies and gentlemen,
It is indeed a great pleasure and honor for me to welcome all of you to the reception this evening.  Allow me to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to you all for your kind presence sparing your precious time to join us celebrating the 64th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Indonesia.
Since the establishment of diplomatic relationship between Indonesia and Korea in 1973, the two countries have been developing a very close and fruitful relationship in various fields.
The cordial ties between Indonesia and Korea have been strengthened through the exchanges of state visits by both countries’ Presidents and other high-ranking officials.  To name a few are the visit of H.E. President Lee Myung-bak to Jakarta in March 2009 and the visit of H.E. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to Korea on the occasion of the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit in June 2009.
Our two countries’ cooperative relations have also been expanded because of our complementary sectors, which serve the interest of both sides.  Indonesia has abundant natural resources, many of them still untapped.  This fits well with Korea’s search for alternative sources of raw materials.  Likewise, Indonesia has relatively cheap but skillful human resources, while Korea provides high technology and capital.
Both Indonesia and Korea have a common commitment to continually enhance their bilateral relations. 
Such commitment is shown not only by the governments of both countries at the various levels but also by the private sectors, particularly following the signing of the Joint Declaration of the Strategic Partnership between our two countries in 2006.
Please let me now, on behalf of the Government and people of the Republic of Indonesia, express our sincere gratitude to the Korean Government and people for their unswerving support to the development of Indonesia.
This evening I would like invite you all to join me in this August celebration by enjoying some of Indonesian cultural fragrance through traditional music, dancing and singing performances as well as Indonesian cuisine which illustrate the cultural diversity of the enchanting Indonesian archipelago.
Excellencies, Distinguished Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen,
I would like to conclude my remarks by proposing a toast for the continuity of cordial relations and the prosperity of the two countries as well as among the countries that each of us represent here.  Please, raise your glasses, WIHAYO !!