Wel­come to In­done­sia

The on­go­ing Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion (APEC) gath­er­ing is our chance to forge on with the long-held plans and ob­jec­tives for a bet­ter shared fu­ture.

The Jakarta Post - Magazine - - Message From The Minister - Ti­fatul Sem­bir­ing Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy

APEC has com­mit­ted it­self to achiev­ing tan­gi­ble goals, bet­ter known as the Bo­gor Goals, an aim which is be­ing con­ducted through a de­tailed and elab­o­rate agenda. Since the goals were set out in Bo­gor in 1994, APEC has al­ready reaped great ben­e­fits, and their at­tain­ment is ex­pected to con­tinue con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of all 21 mem­ber economies. In achiev­ing the Bo­gor Goals, it is deemed im­per­a­tive to achieve syn­ergy among all sec­tors to en­able ev­ery sin­gle econ­omy to seize the ben­e­fit of the process.

Even so, within the pe­riod, much has de­vel­oped both at the re­gional and in­ter­na­tional scenes, es­pe­cially in the sec­tors of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy. Thus, the In­done­sia host­ing econ­omy serve the pur­pose to ex­e­cute the man­date given by not only the pre­vi­ous APEC Eco­nomic Lead­ers Meet­ing (AELM) in Vladi­vos­tok, but also bears the im­por­tant task to main­tain the mo­men­tum and, at the same time, fur­ther ad­vance the out­comes of the Con­clud­ing Se­nior Of­fi­cials Meet­ing (CSOM) to be held in Nusa Dua, Bali, in kick­ing off AELM Week, from Oc­to­ber 1-8, 2013.

We would all agree that it will pro­vide an ex­cel­lent op­por­tu­nity for a di­a­logue among mem­ber economies in seiz­ing the ut­most ben­e­fits of APEC.

I am also greatly en­cour­aged to note that this guide mag­a­zine also gives par­tic­u­lar at­ten­tion to the dis­cus­sion of con­nec­tiv­ity in travel fa­cil­i­ta­tion on Meet­ings, In­cen­tives, Con­fer­ences and Ex­hi­bi­tions (MICE) en­hance­ment of the tourism sec­tor, for Bali in par­tic­u­lar and In­done­sia in gen­eral. From the topics cov­ered in this mag­a­zine – cul­ture, shop­ping, ad­ven­ture, eats – you will be able to see for your­self In­done­sia’s out­stand­ing ap­peal as a MICE venue.

Lo­cated be­tween two oceans and two con­ti­nents, In­done­sia is sur­rounded by 10 neigh­bor­ing coun­tries. The vast­ness of the ar­chi­pel­ago is shown by the fact that there are three time zones in In­done­sia: West In­done­sian Time (GMT+7), Cen­tral In­done­sian Time (GMT+8) and East In­done­sian Time (GMT+9).

Found­ing fa­thers in In­done­sia agreed to speak only one lan­guage, Ba­hasa In­done­sia, as the means to in­te­grate the many tribes and eth­nic groups of the archipelagic na­tion. There are ap­prox­i­mately 48 eth­nic and sub-eth­nic groups with 742 lo­cal lan­guages and di­alects in In­done­sia. The gov­ern­ment ac­knowl­edges five re­li­gions: Is­lam, with 88% ad­her­ents from the to­tal pop­u­la­tion; Protes­tant (5%); Catholic (3%); Hindu (2.5%) and Bud­dhist (1.5%).

Our main pur­pose in gath­er­ing here is to bet­ter pre­pare our­selves for the global chal­lenges and its op­por­tu­ni­ties, con­tained in the theme, “Re­silient Asia-Pa­cific: En­gine of Global Growth”. In­deed, the is­sues and in­ter­est be­tween mem­ber economies are di­verse, but I am con­fi­dent that our com­mon vi­sion of a pros­per­ous Asia and Pa­cific will en­able us to con­duct fruit­ful and con­struc­tive meet­ings, which will bear pos­i­tive out­comes.

It is my pro­found hope that we will be able to achieve our tar­gets.

In clos­ing, I wish you a pleas­ant stay in Bali and a suc­cess­ful APEC In­done­sia 2013!

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