Jakarta: With the aim of enhancing further bilateral relations between Indonesia and Antigua and Barbuda, the Indonesian government has appointed Paul Ryan, a prominent businessman in Antigua and Barbuda, as the first Indonesian Honorary Consul to this country.
The official inauguration of Paul Ryan and his office was initially scheduled in March 2020. However, it was postponed due to the global pandemic of covid-19. Ambassador Priyo Iswanto, as non-resident Ambassador to Antigua and Barbuda, was scheduled to inaugurate the office of the Indonesian Honorary Consul to Antigua and Barbuda.
"Ambassador Priyo Iswanto expressed his confidence that Paul Ryan, taking into account his outstanding reputation and wide networking in the country, will be capable of drumming up and facilitating business to business contact between businessmen of Antigua and Barbuda and their partners from Indonesia," the Indonesian Embassy in Bogota said in a press statement on Friday, May 29, 2020.
"Indonesia considers Antigua and Barbuda as an important partner in the Caribbean region," it added.
Since their establishment of diplomatic relations in September 2011, the two countries have demonstrated their strong relations in bilateral as well as multilateral affairs.
The Indonesian government has granted to nationals of Antigua and Barbuda free visa to visit Indonesia as part of facilitation to promote people to people contact.
Indonesia is the largest archipelagic country in the world consisting of 17.508 islands, the third biggest democracy, and home of 264 million population located in the South East Asian region.
Paul Ryan is a prominent businessman in Antigua and Barbuda having intensive cooperation with partners in Asia and now serves also as a member of the Economic Recovery Committee recently established by the government of Antigua and Barbuda with the main focus on job creation, economic diversification, creation of new enterprises and new markets as well as accelerating in commerce.