New Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica, Her Excellency Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko Singgih has congratulated the Government of Dominica on its progress made at achieving Universal Secondary Education as well as its success in meeting some of the Millennium Development Goals.
The Indonesian Ambassador made those remarks during her official presentation of credentials to Dominica’s Head of State, His Excellency Dr. Nicholas Liverpool on Wednesday. July 18, 2012.
“I would like to congratulate the Government of Dominica on this achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in accomplishing Universal Secondary Education by 83%, reducing extreme poverty from 39% in 2003 to 28.8% in 2009, improving national health and reducing child mortality.”
Indonesia stands firm behind a policy that education is the foundation of a better human resource. Dominica established diplomatic relations with the Republic of Indonesia in April of 1994. Throughout the years of relations the Government of Indonesia has offered annual cultural scholarships to Dominican youth to pursue studies in Indonesia. The new ambassador confirms that this collaboration will continue.
“Given the encouraging response starting from 2011, the Government of Indonesia has offered Dominican students a scholarship program called, “Developing Countries Partnerships Scholarship” in order to obtain graduate and post graduate degrees in various fields of study in the most prestigious universities throughout Indonesia.”
The new Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica says the Indonesian Government is looking forward to heightened relations between the both countries through other training opportunities.
“Another way in which we can increase our people to people interaction is through our diplomatic corps. In this regard, as former head for [the] Centre for Education and Training in the Ministry of Education in Indonesia, we would like very much to offer diplomatic training for mid- career diplomas and as such we will be discussing this with your Ministry of Education here.”
Like Dominica, tourism is one of the most important aspects in Indonesia’s national revenues. The Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica said that the Government of Indonesia has developed a special “creative economy” program to boost the numbers of tourist coming to Indonesia. She noted that this program is also geared at encouraging villages in Indonesia to become attractive destinations for tourists by promoting customs, value and culture.
Ambassador Singgih said for the year 2012, her government has targeted two hundred villages to develop into touristic destinations. The new Ambassador is hoping that the Ministry of Tourism in Dominica will seek to pattern on tourism initiatives adopted by tourism authorities in Indonesia to boost the islands tourist product.
“I think it’s an honor to offer the Government of Dominica a chance to have learning experiences in the enhancement of its tourism industry especially in the development of diversification of tourism destination, such as developing touristic villages similar to Indonesia, and the development of human resources in collaboration with the Dominica Hotel and Tourism Association- (D.H.T.A).”
The new Indonesian Ambassador during her exchanges with the Dominican Head of State pledged continued good relations between both countries.
“The Indonesian Government would like to maintain this relationship as well as heighten cooperation to more concrete and mutually beneficial cooperation.”
In accepting the letters of credentials from new Indonesian Ambassador to Dominica, His Excellency Liverpool expressed confidence that the new Ambassador will continue the work of her predecessors in further strengthening the bonds of friendship and cooperation between Dominica and the Republic of Indonesia.