Triawan Munaf (middle) serves Nasi Tumpeng to Ridwan Hassan (left) at the “Nasi Tumpeng” (“Yellow Rice”) Javanese traditional celebratory rituals.
Mariecar Jara-Puyod, Senior Reporter
Visiting Indonesia Ministry of Trade-Directorate General of National Export Development director general Dody Edward said the Widodo Administration sees “Expo2020 Dubai” as a significant milestone that all sectors of Southeast Asia’s largest economy have been directed to take an active role in it, not only for their country’s continuous prosperity but for the world as well.
Edward is Jakarta’s designated over-all in-charge of the Indonesia Pavilion situated at the Opportunity Sector, in between the Lebanon Pavilion and Baden-Wurttemberg (Germany’s second) Pavilion, of the world exposition site situated south of Dubai.
The groundbreaking ceremonies on Monday morning were attended by Indonesia Creative Economic Minister Triawan Munaf, Ambassador to the UAE Hussein Bagis, Consul General in Dubai and the Northern Emirates Ridwan Hassan, and Jakarta Delegation members Bambang Prijambodo and Restog Krisna Kusuma.
Bagis personally delivered President Joko Widodo’s Expo2020 Dubai correspondence to UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, through Expo2020 Dubai director general Reem Al Hashemy, in mid-November 2018.
Hassan said pavilion construction hopefully starts this year.
Monday evening was the celebratory Groundbreaking Ceremonies-Gala Night attended by dignitaries from the host government, chambers of commerce and industries, the diplomatic and business communities.
Edward told Gulf Today their presence at “Expo2020 Dubai” is brought about by the cooperation among government/state-owned corporations/business/private individuals.
“We want to seize the opportunities we can offer to the world through Expo2020 Dubai. That as a diverse people and as a nation blessed with abundant natural resources, talent and local wisdom; what we have become and what we have learnt; that through all the advancing technology, in-born creativity and new discoveries we have through all these years, we can play an active role as well as contribute for all the concerns we have in this world,” Edward said.
“We want to explore. We want to expand (our horizons) too,” he added.
Edward reiterated what Munaf had mentioned in his speech, that Indonesia, as an investments hub with a population of 271 million, is also a “Land of Opportunities,” consisting of 66 per cent or 179 million young productive workforce, over 60 million middle class potential consumers, and a creative sector of over 70 million 56 per cent of 39 million of which are women.
He echoed what Munaf and Bagis had stated in their respective speeches, that Indonesia has a lot to offer both to the “UAE, the Middle East and beyond.” This is possible through Indonesia’s human and natural resources by way of agriculture, tourism, culture and trade.
The other focus of the Indonesian Pavilion as per the directives of President Widodo are industry, education, e-commerce, plantation technology, and environment.
The pavilion sprawling over 1,860 square metres (sqm) is a three-storey 2,500 sqm edifice of sustainable materials from the world’s largest archipelago and the UAE.
As Jakarta’s platform of “Home of Diversity and a Feeling of Tomorrow,” it amplifies the concept of “Transforming Future Civilization Through Innovations and Diversity” consisting of “interrelated and sustainable stories reflecting entertainment, interaction and the future.”
“Building the World Anew, Connecting Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow” on the first floor digs into the country’s history and “presentations of our developments and potentials in the present time, along with various future concepts.”
“Celebrating You, Me Together We Transform the Future” on the second floor centres on “Indonesian innovations.” It is a preview of the country’s centennial year via the “Concept of Indonesia Gold 2045.”
The “Majestic Land of Diversity” floor is the typical night market spread out throughout the over 17,000 islands and islets where visitors will get the taste of Indonesian “warm hospitality.”
According to Indonesia’s Ministry of Trade 2018 data, bilateral trade relations between the UAE and Indonesia for the entire year was at $3.3 billion with Indonesian exports topped by palm oil, soap, textile, auto parts and paper products at $1.4 billion and UAE exports principally of oil/gas/chemical products, and dates at $1.8 billion.
The UAE Government’s new foreign direct investment, FDI, law passed in 2018 could accelerate FDI flows by up to 20 per cent this year, from the eight per cent average growth rate, as per the recent estimates of the Ministry of Economy.
According to a recent study by PayFort, the GCC’s online retail revenues are expected to reach $69 billion by 2020. “The UAE leads the way regionally in terms of online sales, with 62 percent of citizens now shopping online, and annual sales expected to reach US$23.7 billion by 2022.” This was stated by Mauro Romano, CEO, ArabClicks, during an exclusive interview with Gulf Today.
Under the patronage of Eng. Sultan Bin Saeed Al Mansoori, UAE Minister of Economy, and Chairman of Small and Medium Enterprises Council, the National Programme for Small and Medium Enterprises (NPSME) of the Ministry of Economy will host the Small and Medium Enterprises Exhibition (SME Expo) from April 29-30 at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Center (Adnec).
On behalf of President His Highness Sheikh Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Sheikh Khaled Bin Mohamed Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi, arrived on Friday in Belgrade on a working visit.
During a visit to the condolence majlis in Sharjah, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed prayed to God to grant eternal rest to the deceased and bestow strength and solace upon his family.
Among the violations committed by those were participating in random marches, driving a vehicle in a way that endangers driver’s life or life, safety or security of others, causing chaos on the roads, making changes in the vehicle’s engine or chassis without a permit