The New Indonesian Ambassador, H.E. Dewi Gustina Tobing, Promotes the Enhancement of Indonesia, and Maldives Relations

PUBLISHED May 18, 2022 | updated May 18, 2022 22:29

Ambassador Dewi Gustina Tobing presented the Letter of Credence to H.E. President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih at the President's Office in Male on 17/5/2022 at 11.00 local time. “After presenting the Letter of Credence, Ambassador Dewi held a bilateral talk with the President of the Republic of Maldives to discuss broadly strengthening Indonesia-the Maldives relations and other mutual interest issues” Heru Prayitno, Minister Counsellor of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Colombo disclosed this information to the media.


Submission of Credentials to the President of Maldives officially marks her tenure as the Indonesian Ambassador to the Maldives. "I start my tenure with a great appreciation for the strong partnership between Indonesia and the Maldives, and I stand ready to work with the Government and People of Maldives to forge a closer bond of friendly relations between the two countries."


During her visit to the Maldives from 16-19 May 2022, after presenting the Credentials, Ambassador Dewi then held a roadshow to meet some ministers. On the 17-18 of May 2022, Ambassador Dewi had a meeting with Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, H.E Ahmed Khaleel; Foreign Secretary of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, H.E. Ahmed Latheef; Minister of Islamic Affairs, H.E. Dr Ahmed Zahir; Minister of Economic Development, H.E. uz. Fayyaz Ismail; Minister of National Planning, Housing and Infrastructure, H.E. Mohamed Aslam; and on 19 May 2022 to meet with the Minister of Health, H.E. Ahmed Naseem. Ambassador Dewi also hosted a business gathering with the Maldivian business community on 18 May 2022. “While conducting some activities, Ambassador Dewi was also accompanied by Jaufar Easa Adam, the Indonesian Honorary Consul in Male,” said Heru.


At her meeting with respective related Ministers, Ambassador Dewi explained the bilateral, regional, and international cooperation relations between Indonesia and Maldives, including the same views and mutual understanding of the two countries at the United Nations forum, Organization of Islamic Conference, Non-Aligned, Colombo Plan, Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) and the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA). "Indonesia as the most Muslim populated country in the world and the Maldives as the Muslim country, have a strong connection to build strong people-to-people activities between the two countries. "Historical, cultural ties between the two nations are also an important strong base for strengthening the existing close connection," said Dewi.


In her meeting with Ministers, Ambassador Dewi further explored opportunities for cooperation in various sectors, including infrastructure, construction, trade economy, tourism, employment, halal certificate, health care, technology and other prospective industries.


On meeting with the Maldivian business community, Ambassador Dewi updated on the Indonesian economy, which previously experienced turbulence in 1997/8 and 2008 but managed to have a significant rebound in a relatively short period. This shows the resilience of its economy during a crisis or adverse situation. Its economy then continued to grow. In 2017 Indonesia became a member of the G20 when its GDP was more than US$ 1 trillion, and this year 2022, Indonesia holds the Presidency of the G20. With the Covid pandemic, Indonesia was affected with the economy got contracted by 2.3%, and with the resilience of its economy, Indonesia had a quick rebound by having a positive growth in 2021 of 5.2%.


In addition, in addressing the Maldivian businesspeople, she also explained business opportunities with Indonesia, with abundant natural resources and vital industries of Indonesia that could supply the Maldives with many ranges of products. Ambassador Dewi also highlighted current figures for trade volume between the Maldives and Indonesia, which is only about USD 40 million per year. "There are many untapped potentials in the trade and investment sector," said Dewi.


Ambassador Dewi's visit to the Maldives received an enthusiastic response from government officials and the business community. "I will continue to develop cooperative relations between Indonesia and the Maldives in various fields to benefit both countries," concluded Dewi.



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