The variety of multidimensional scope and aspects of Indonesia’s foreign policy has become wider. This is reflected by increasing number of foreign representative offices in Indonesia. In addition, there is also an increasing number of international organizations and agencies that cover a wide variety of issues.
“At the moment, there are no less than 128 foreign Embassies, Permanent Representatives to ASEAN, and representatives of international organizations in Jakarta,” said Minister Marty M. Natalegawa in his report to President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono.
The report was delivered at the occasion of the Address by the President of the Republic of Indonesia before the Heads of Foreign Diplomatic Missions and International Organizations at Gedung Pancasila, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, this morning (15/02/2012).
According to Marty, this development will lead Jakarta to be one of the diplomatic capitals in East Asian region.
He also added that Indonesia also keep increasing the number of its representative offices in the friendly countries. In 2011, eleven new representative offices of Indonesia were opened and came into operation in a number of countries.
“The presence of foreign diplomatic missions in Jakarta and the presence of Indonesia’s representative offices abroad have further increased the opportunities to continuously enhance bilateral and multilateral cooperation in the future,” stated Marty.
Marty said that the meeting with the President today was a special ocassion to realize the opportunity.
“Mr. President has agreed to interact with all foreign Ambassadors and Heads of international organizations in Jakarta. He has agreed to share the latest developments in Indonesia and the policies of the Indonesian Government comprehensively,” he said.
Marty also underlined the importance of the meeting. He said that the development of information technology will have an impact on the task and functions of Ambassadors.
Ambassadors have wide access to information from various sources. Nevertheless, at the same time, these conditions bring challenges to Ambassadors to distill the essence of and give meaning to the available information.
Bearing that in mind, Marty said that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has always tried to maintain communication with Ambassadors through various channels, media and forums to provide them with timely, accurate, relevant and complete information on Indonesian policy and development.
As much as 76 Ambassadors, 19 Charge d’affairess and 21 Heads of International Organization attended the meeting with President. The event was also attended by Ministries United Indonesia Cabinet II and echelon I and II officials the Ministries of Foreign Affairs.