SEMINAR OF H.E. NGURAH SWAJAYA
AMBASSADOR OF THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA TO SINGAPORE
"INDONESIA'S FOREIGN POLICY"
RSIS, 8 APRIL 2016
On 8 April 2016, upon invitation of the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS), Nanyang Technological University, H.E. Ngurah Swajaya, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Singapore had delivered a lecture titled Indonesia's foreign policy. In his lecture, Ambassador Swajaya emphasized that ever since Indonesia obtained its independence on 17 August 1945, Indonesia has been consistent in carrying out its independent and active foreign policy, which is to implement world order based on independence, lasting peace and social justice, as well as by actively contributing to, and playing an important role in various regional and international organizations in order to safeguard peace and security.
Ambassador Swajaya underlined that the Foreign Policy emphasis was different over the decades, whereby Indonesia's diplomacy from 1946-1949 was more focused on maintaining its independence as reflected in the Linggarjati Meeting and the Round Table (Meja Bundar) Conference. Further on, Indonesia sought to actively promote international and regional peace and security, among others, by initiating the Non-Aligned Movement and co-founding ASEAN which were both a necessity due to the cold war.
Under President Joko Widodo, Indonesia's foreign policy is based on Nawacita and Trisakti which emphasizes the importance of down to earth diplomacy. Priorities of Indonesia's foreign policy are mainly the protection of Indonesians overseas, enhancing economic diplomacy as well as enhancing Indonesia's active role in regional and international fora. Indonesia also seeks to implement the Global Maritime Fulcrum which would allow Indonesia to cultivate a maritime culture, preserve and manage maritime resources, develop maritime infrastructure and connectivity, promote maritime cooperation through diplomacy, and build a strong maritime defense.
The seminar was attended by 80 enthusiastic students and lecturers of RSIS who appeared to be very proactive in posing questions.
Indonesian Embassy in Singapore
8 April 2016