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.
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!