Her Excellency Mrs. Marianna Sutadi, Ambassador of Indonesia to Bucharest
August 17 is an important date for all Indonesians, because on that date back in 1945, Indonesia proclaimed its independence from colonialism and established an independent state called the Republic of Indonesia. With strong emphasis on “independence from colonialism”, Indonesia thus celebrates this day as “Independence Day”.
After sixty five years of enthralling journey, until this moment Indonesia has undergone remarkable changes, development and progress. The country stands out as the world’s largest archipelagic state, the fourth world’s largest population, one of the world’s largest democracies, as well as one of the very few countries in the world that survived the global financial crisis. Due to this achievement, Indonesia is recognized by the international community to become a member of the global economic grouping, G-20.
Being the country with the largest Muslim community, much of the legislation emphasizes the importance of equal opportunities for men and women. The Indonesian Ministry for Women Empowerment and Children Protection continues the campaign in raising awareness about civil, political, economic and social-cultural rights for women. The result, among others, appears as 18.2% allocated seats in the House of Representatives and 28% seats for women in the regional representative council. Currently, many top level official positions in Indonesia are held by women, including at ambassadorial level. (…)
In March this year, both Foreign Affairs Ministries successfully held a bilateral consultation in Jakarta, which is the Third Indonesia-Romania Bilateral Consultation Forum. Both parties discussed the development of the bilateral cooperation and exchanged views on developments in the current domestic and global issues. At the end of the fruitful discussion, both sides agreed to enhance cooperation both bilaterally and in international fora, particularly in the fields of trade, economy, tourism, culture and people-to-people contact. It was also agreed that the next meeting will be held in Romania in 2011, with a more specific theme that involves relevant ministries and government institutions, as well as the private sector, to be more concrete and result oriented.
In light of these optimistic developments, the importance of Indonesia’s mutual relationship with Romania will significantly become more relevant. On this auspicious date, it is everyone’s hope that the overall bilateral relations between Indonesia and Romania will fulfill its potential in the very near future.