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2019 Embassy Activities Round-Up

Indonesia-Singapore: Long and Always Relevant Bonds

President Joko Widodo during two substantive visits to Singapore (above) with PM Lee Hsien Loong at the Indonesia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat in October 

The lively friendship, a strong understanding and on-going dialogues on matters of mutual relevance have paved the way for a warm and enduring bilateral relationship.

In 2019 the President of the Republic of Indonesia, Joko Widodo, made two important visits to Singapore, un

derpinning the importance of their position as friendly neighbours in this vibrant region.

The first visit was coincided with the National Day Parade (NDP) of Singapore held on 9th August 2019. President Joko Widodo and Ibu Iriana Joko Widodo were seated in the VIP enclosure at the Padang, among Singapore’s high-ranking officials as well as Brunei Sultan, Hassanal Bolkiah, and the Malaysian Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad. President Joko Widodo’s presence in the NDP portrayed the strong bond of friendship between Indonesia and Singapore.

President Joko Widodo with Indonesian Embassy staff and nationals for Singapore’s National Day in August

President Jokowi paid his second visit to Singapore for the Indonesia-Singapore Leaders’ Retreat on 8th October  2019. At the Joint Press Conference with Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, both leaders had committed to a number of agreements such as the Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of Singapore on Electronic Data Exchange to Facilitate and Secure Trade; the MOU between National Archive of the Republic of Indonesia and the National Library Board of Singapore on Archive Cooperation; commitment to renew the Bilateral Liquidity Management Arrangement between Monetary Authority of Singapore and Bank of Indonesia; continue progress in Kendal Industrial Park and Nongsa Digital Park (NDP), as well as the progress on the negotiation of FIR realignment. The two leaders expressed their satisfaction on the strong economic ties between Indonesia and Singapore and the robust relationship between people of the two nations through educational, cultural, and institutional exchanges and linkages. Singapore is an important partner for Indonesia in terms of human resources management and, moreover, skills improvement as well as human resources development, are considered as being top priorities of President Jokowi in his second term.

In 2019, the Embassy had organized and participated in various diplomatic activities in Singapore. One of the biggest events held by the Embassy was the 2nd Indonesia Investment Day (IID) on 26th July 2019 at Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore. The IID is a flagship and annual event, jointly organized by the Indonesian Embassy, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Bank Indonesia, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN)-Singapore Committee, and Singapore Business Federation (SBF). It provides a platform for both government and business entities to meet up with the representatives of the central and regional governments as well as investors. Investment is one of the main focus areas of President Jokowi in his second term and Singapore is well known as being Indonesia’s largest investor since 2014.

Thumbs up for the 2nd Indonesia Investment Day. IID has grown to be a flagship event for investors in Singapore

The 2nd IID highlighted Indonesia’s strategy to develop industry 4.0, infrastructures related to development of 10 New Bali, and well as other infrastructures (affordable housing, toll way, water management, and MRT). This emphasis is expected to support the development of Indonesia’s industrial and tourism sectors, where new emerging factors such as Artificial Intelligence, automation, and disruptive technology are needed to boost economic growth. The event featured the Indonesian Vice Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir as the keynote speaker; it was attended by more than 500 Singaporean businessmen. In total, the event managed to secure 50 investment packages (ready to offer projects) with investment potential values of more than US$48 billion. Prior to the organizing of IID, on 23rd July 2019, the Indonesian Embassy held Rising Women Empowerment Award ceremony at Orchard Hotel Singapore. The event was part of people-to-people diplomacy and aimed at bringing together the citizens of the two countries who have the awareness as well as role in women empowerment efforts. Among the recipients of the award were the Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, Ibu Puan Maharani, as the Eminent Women of the Year, and Mayor of Surabaya, Ibu Tri Rismaharini who received the Excellence Award (pictured above with Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Ngurah Swajaya).