Indonesia tames recession with 6.1 percent growth
The proclamation of the Indonesian nation on the 17th of August 1945 was the culmination of an incredible struggle when Indonesian nation abandoned the darkness of colonial realm and entered the realm of independence filled with rays of hope.Indonesia is proud that its independence revolution has been one of the great revolutions of the 20th century that has helped to change the world. At the end of World War II, Indonesia was one of the earliest nations that proclaimed its independence. Subsequently, the flame of the independence revolution spread rapidly to all corners in Asia and Africa that led to the independence of many countries in the two continents. Consequently, the political and geopolitical map of the world in the 20th century changed drastically and Indonesia was the pioneer in these awesome waves of decolonization.To celebrate the auspicious occasion of the 66th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia Mr. Ishak Latuconsina and Mrs. Butar Latuconsina hosted a reception at the Serena Hotel on August 17, 2011. The reception was very well attended as the government dignitaries, diplomats of many cadres, Pakistani military officers, businesspersons, politicians and representatives from the civil society were present to congratulate the hosts on the auspicious occasion.
Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan was the chief guest on the occasion who congratulated the Ambassador on the auspicious day. The Indonesian Envoy also extended his warmest greetings to the Government and the people of Pakistan on their 64th Independence Day celebrated on 14 August 2011.
The official program started with the playing of national anthems of both the countries before the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia and the Information Minister joined by the ASEAN Heads of Missions performed the cake cutting to mark the day.
Information Minister Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan stayed for quite some time and enjoyed the special Indonesian food delicacies with his host.
On the occasion, Information Minister Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan and Ambassador Ishak Latuconsina noted with satisfaction that Indonesia and Pakistan are committed to bolster cooperation in various venues to further expand existing excellent bilateral relations. They underlined the importance of close ties and enhancing people-to-people networks and encourage all-around cooperation to further strengthen the fraternal bond between the two nations.
The Information Minister lauded the efforts being made by the Ambassador in further strengthening the exiting fraternal relations between Pakistan and Indonesia. The Ambassador appreciated the help and assistance he has received from the Government of Pakistan for promotion of relations between the two brotherly countries.
The venue was beautifully decorated with flowers arrangements depicting Indonesian and Pakistani flags. In addition to the local and continental food a choice of Indonesian delicacies were also served to the guests. Documentaries were also screened for the interest of the guests providing general but interesting information about Indonesia. One interesting documentary was of Indonesian Cultural Week that held in April in collaboration with PNCA in Islamabad and Alhamra Arts Council in Lahore.
Indonesia is spread out over 3000 km and 17,504 islands. Indonesia is the 4th most populous country in the world and third largest democracy, with the population of 237 millions. Indonesia is also the largest and most populous country in Southeast Asia and has the world’s largest Muslim population as there are more Muslims in Indonesia than in the entire Middle-East.
As a member of the G20, Indonesia is a strong economy in a dynamic Asia and its GDP amounts to $700 billion. In 2010, Indonesian economy grew at 6.1 percent despite the global financial crisis.
Indonesia’s exports in 2010 reached a total value of US$150 billion, the highest figure ever achieved in the country’s foreign trade. National industrial growth doubled to 5.1 percent from 2.6 percent the year before, fueled by growing investment, exports and public consumption.
Indonesia has also played an important role in the world as it was involved in maintaining world peace and in solving the global economic crisis. This year Indonesia is the Chair of ASEAN and the East Asia Summit, which will have the US and Russia as its newest dialogue partners. This is an important year in terms of the vision for an East Asia regional architecture as it has a very important role in contributing to developing rules, architecture and governance globally, trade, finance, climate change and security.