Author: indoconnect

ICN 2020: Nilanka A Musical

Nilanka is a fresh look at the Batak folklore ‘Dayang Bandir and Sandean Raja.’ The setting takes place in the aftermath of a civil war in the late nineteenth century that saw the emergence of various family groups of the Batak tribe in North Sumatra THE story is told in English as a musical(!) and carries on the annual ICN (Indonesian Cultural Night) tradition to interpret Indonesian tales and legends in a fresh way that is able to reach out to a greater number of audiences and introduce some insights into Indonesian culture as well as provide a showcase for...

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Cohesion and Mutually Beneficial Importance of Indonesia and Singapore Ties

Digital economy, education and security issues ranked high in the agenda of President Halimah’s first State visit to Indonesia BILATERAL ties between Singapore and Indonesia have been strong for decades now, owing to an excellent relationship of trust and communication between the two members of the ASEAN economies. The deep, multi-faceted and forward-looking relationship was further enhanced by Singapore President Halimah Yacob’s recent visit to Indonesia, from the 3rd to 6th of February 2020. Not only was this her first visit to the country, it was also the first official visit by a Singapore head of state to the archipelago...

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Ibu Mahaswi on Diplomatic Life and Work in Singapore

IndoConnect has worked closely over the years with Ibu Mahaswi Swajaya, the wife of the Ambassador of Indonesia to Singapore HE Ngurah Swajaya. As they prepare to leave to their next posting, she shares some of her experiences and plans for the future with Editor-in-Chief, Nomita Dhar in this pre-COVID-19 interview DEAR Ibu, you’ve had a very engaging tenure in the last few years as the wife of the Indonesian ambassador in Singapore. Please share with us your experience with Dharma Wanita, which is part of the Indonesian MFA. How was your experience representing women and the diplomatic spouses? I’ve...

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A Diplomat’s Journey through Singapore

  Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya caps his tenure as Indonesia’s top diplomat in Singapore  by launching his biography that pays tribute to the many milestones achieved by Indonesia and Singapore  as well as valuable insights as an insider   to the workings and future of ASEAN THREE years ago, when H.E. I Gede Ngurah Swajaya presented his credentials to the President of Singapore, it also marked the start of a sterling period of service in the island city-state. He played a key part in many diplomatic and economic milestones and moments in the history of Indonesia and Singapore relations. Chief among this...

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Indonesian Corporates Extend Helping Hand to Communities

Prominent Indonesia conglomerates are helping the country’s citizens help overcome the challenges of everyday living brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak. FOR inspiring examples, public-listed Jababeka Group through PT Jababeka Infrastruktur, the developers of the first open industrial areas in Indonesia, working together with Badan Amil Zakat (Baznas) have distributed  2,500 basic food packages to 13 villages surrounding the Jababeka Industrial Estate in Cikarang in the Bekasi Regency of West Java in late April. The areas include the Desa Mekar Mukti, Pasir Gombong and city of Cikarang. According to reports by telusur.co.id, for some of the recipients this was...

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