Jakarta: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in collaboration with Indonesian Gastronomy Association (IGA), has organized the National Seminar on Economic Diplomacy: “Gastro-diplomacy to Strengthen the Indonesian Economy" on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
Attended by around 250 participants, this event provided an opportunity to share knowledge and experience to each other regarding strategies in performing culinary business, especially Indonesian signature foods abroad.
"Food is a national identity. Gastro-diplomacy will support the Indonesian economic diplomacy," Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said in a written statement released on Thursday, October 17, 2019.
One of the speakers, the Ministry’s Policy Research and Development Agency head Siswo Pramono, explained that Indonesia should focus on expanding its food industry overseas, collaborating with diasporas, creating a signature tradition, and considering the sensitivity of particular dishes in other parts of the world.
The event was participated by stakeholders, including the relevant ministries/institutions, social organizations, academicians, college students, culinary business actors, and the public.
"Gastro-diplomacy is a potent tool to carry out soft-power diplomacy; it is capable to elevate Indonesia’s image and boost Indonesian food industry overseas," the Ministry’s Information and Public Diplomacy Director General Cecep Herawan stated.