President urges new envoys to lure investors
Tony Hotland, The Jakarta Post, Jakarta
President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono swore in 24 new Indonesian ambassadors Wednesday, urging them to do more in promoting the world's fourth most populous country as an investment destination.
Yudhoyono told the ambassadors they should develop more creative and innovative approaches to championing Indonesia's interests, especially in this era of global competition.
"You need to be smart about seeing the chances, seizing opportunities so that we don't become a losing, but a winning nation," he said.
Yudhoyono said the new envoys should be knowledgeable about the country's handicrafts, in order to help market them.
"Create a market in the countries you have been assigned to. We have a highly competitive range of handicrafts, we've had successful exhibitions, so make breakthroughs in promoting them," said Yudhoyono.
Aside from diplomatic and political skills, Yudhoyono said the new ambassadors should also be well-informed about his administration's policies on macroeconomy.
"Such information is important so that Indonesia is portrayed well in terms of what we can offer in the sectors of energy and infrastructure as well as tourism." he asserted.
The President also expressed his hope that the ambassadors could convey Indonesia's stance in many international forums and be active in facilitating conflict resolution, particularly since Indonesia was recently elected a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council.
"We need to play our part more in the Middle East and in supporting the independence of Palestine," he said.
Among the newly-installed envoys are former finance minister Jusuf Anwar and ex-trade minister Andung A. Nitimihardja. Jusuf will serve his post in Japan and Andung in Mexico and Honduras.
The two were ministers in Yudhoyono's Cabinet during his first year in office, but were later dismissed for poor performance.
Newly-installed Indonesian envoys
Salim Said Czech Republic
Junus Effendi Habibie The Netherlands
Suprijanto Muhadi Suriname
Muzammil Basyuni Saudi Arabia
Amris Hassan New Zealand, Samoan Islands
Jusuf Anwar Japan, Federated States of
Hazairin Pohan Poland
M. Abduh Dalimunthe Republic of Serbia
Lutfi Rauf Slovak Republic
Brig. Gen. (ret) Erman Hidayat Afghanistan
Faisal Ismail Kuwait, Bahrain
Brig. Gen. (ret) Bom Soerjanto Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands
Sjahril Sabaruddin Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan,
Tajuddien Noor B.M. Sudan
Awang Bahrin Turkey
Andung A. Nitimihardja Mexico and Honduras
Nadjib Riphat Kesoema Belgium, the European Union
Ibrahim Ambong Chile
Daulat Hotma Audison Pasaribu Korea
Mangasi Sihombing Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina,
Linggawaty Hakim Sweden, Latvia
Sunten Z. Manurung Argentina, Paraguay
Bali Moniaga Brazil