The birth of the Republic of Indonesia 71 years ago, on 17 August 1945, marked the beginning of a historical change in the affirmation of the Republic of Indonesia as a state. Holding firmly to the nation’s motto ‘Bhinneka Tunggal Ika’ (unity in diversity), Indonesia strives to embrace opportunities and overcome challenges with the value of solidarity and tolerance, within our nation, as well as among nations all over the world.
Indonesia cherishes the wonderful relation with Romania. Since the beginning of the bilateral relations in 1961, both countries have been involved in cooperation and projects that have brought the two nations closer, be it at the government level, organizations, and the people.
We see Romania as equal partners, constantly offering support one another in various spheres such as economy, politics, and social cultural.
The bilateral relations between Indonesia and Romania are constantly improving. Dialogues and efforts have been made on both sides during official visits from the government institutions and members of parliament.
In the economic sphere, the relations between the two countries demonstrate an existing potential that constantly needs to be developed and promoted. Last year, total trade was recorded 117.64 million US dollar. Committed to enhancing business contact between the two country, every year, our Embassy invites Indonesian business people to take part at various exhibitions held in Romania, among others, Romanian Tourism Fair (TTR) and International Trade Fair for Consumer Goods (TIBCO). While on the other side, the Embassy also encourages Romanian business people to visit Indonesia’s biggest trade expo, Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI). During 12-16 October 2016, the 31st edition of Trade Expo Indonesia will take place in Jakarta, and will exhibit the best Indonesian export products from industrial, mining, agricultural, and craft sectors.
In the social and cultural spheres, Indonesia offers two kinds of scholarship to Romanian students: the first one is the ‘Darmasiswa’ Scholarship, and the other one is the ‘Indonesian Art and Culture Scholarship’. Both of them allow the Romanian students to live and learn in Indonesia for a while, from three months to one year, time in which they interact with Indonesian culture, traditions and experts in various fields contribute not only to the promotion of Indonesia, but also is enriching the knowledge and strengthen the power of cooperation in its most beautiful way: by people to people contact. In this aspect too, Indonesia expanding the short-stay visa free policy, including for Romanian citizen.
On the other side, Romania offers the possibility to Indonesian students to develop their knowledge by following university, master and doctoral courses here, by offering scholarships to the ones that are interested.
In the last two years, the Embassy had organized a cultural event, ‘PIATA INDONEZIA’, a unique outdoors event that showcased Indonesia’s traditional food, costumes, crafts and performances. More than 1500 visitors came this year in May.
Earlier this year in March, for the first time, the Embassy brought Indonesian legendary players to Bucharest and Timisoara, to share experiences in coaching clinics and exhibition games with Romanian national badminton players.
The overall relations between Indonesia and Romania have been great. Many opportunities are open to be explored. Indonesia is looking forward to more cooperation with Romania in every level, to strengthen and deepen the relationship, and ultimately, to benefit and achieve fruitful goals for the prosperity of the people.