Jakarta: The Ministry for Foreign Affairs has once again invited African and Pacific journalists to the Journalist Visit Program (JVP) this year.
14 participants of the 2019 JVP, coming from Ivory Coast, Madagascar, Senegal, Uganda, Papua New Guinea, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Solomon Island, Vanuatu, and Tuvalu, were warmly welcomed by Foreign Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi and Communication and Information Minister Rudiantara in Jakarta on Monday
"I hope this through event you can experience the real Indonesia, its people, its cultures, its sceneries, and its voices, and witness our perspective about the world," the Ministry's website quoted Minister Retno as saying.
The participating journalists represented a number of platforms from their respective countries, including printed, electronic, online, and social media. Their publication pertaining to Indonesia is expected to boost the government's efforts in promoting cooperation in numerous sectors, including development, infrastructures, transportation, and creative industry that is targeted by the event this year.
JVP is initiated by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and has regularly run for more than a decade. This year, JVP was held in collaboration with the Ministry of Communication and Information, as a synergy to establish Indonesia's positive image at an international stage through the publications made by the participants post the event.
To the journalists, Minister Retno shared a brief preview on Indonesia's foreign political policies as part of its contribution to the global peace and economic development among others through its membership at the UN Security Council. Indonesia also voices out environmental issues as the collective concern through its leadership in regional organizations and its central role in handling both regional and global issues.
Minister Retno also shared the country's strategies to enforce its economic partnerships with the African and Pacific non-traditional markets, among others, by organizing Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) in 2018 that will be followed-up with the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue (IAID) in November 2019. The IAID forum will invite 53 African countries. In the Pacific region specifically, Indonesia will also hold the 2019 Pacific Exposition in Auckland, focusing on trade, investment, and tourism sector.
The 2019 JVP will be held in three provinces, including Jakarta, Yogyakarta, and West Papua.