Fri 05-11-2021 15:04 PM
DUBAI, 5th November, 2021 (WAM) — Indonesian President Joko Widodo addressed Expo 2020 Dubai as his country celebrated its cultural richness during its National Day at Expo 2020 on Thursday, under the theme ‘Land of Diversity’.
President Widodo visited the Indonesia Pavilion, UAE Pavilion and Leadership Pavilion, and participated in bilateral meetings with UAE representatives. The celebrations also featured a flag-raising ceremony, with a special folklore performance, featuring dance, video footage and singing, at Al Wasl Plaza.
President Widodo – accompanied by a high-level Indonesian government delegation including Muhammad Lutfi, Minister of Trade; Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita, Minister of Industry; and Sakti Wahyu Trenggono, Minister of Maritime Affairs and Fisheries – was welcomed by Ahmed Al Sayegh, UAE Minister of State, and Najeeb Al-Ali, Executive Director, Commissioner General Office, Expo 2020 Dubai.
Speaking via a video message projected across Al Wasl Plaza, President Widodo said: “Ladies and gentlemen, in these rapidly changing times, with the disruption of technology and with the occurrence of a pandemic, we all need to adapt quickly to these changes. We must rise to the challenge to boost our productivity across all areas.
“How do we organise that technological advancement? How do we reconcile technological advancement with our environmental concerns? Developing renewable energy to reduce our emissions are ongoing concerns that we need to address for the survival of our civilisation. We need to meet this enormous challenge to improve the quality of human life while equally serving nature. We will continue to evolve and innovate. Change begins today.”
Muhammad Lutfi said: “We are honoured to be part of this historic event. Expo 2020 Dubai and all its successes represent courage, hope and optimism for all humanity. The COVID pandemic has disrupted all nations. Now is the time to recover together. Expo 2020 could not have come at a more opportune time. What we are seeing today is a demonstration of our ability to create things that we have never seen before.
“We are pleased to be a humble part of this moment to share with the global community, our history, our culture, our aspirations – and, of course, let us not forget our delicious food.
“Our pavilion demonstrates an unbreakable link to our past in creating our future, a future that will always be informed by the relationships to our land, our diverse cultures, our precious ecology and our continuously evolving traditions. Our future will be powered by our growing populations and new emerging talents. It will be secured by our promise to protect our planet and our children. Today, we are building a bedrock for a prosperous future as we invite the world to trade, invest in and visit our beautiful homeland of Indonesia.
“Next year, Indonesia will assume the presidency of the G20 Summit. The honour comes with enormous responsibility: we commit to take a lead in creating a just economy and a more sustainable future.”
Najeeb Al-Ali said: “Under the title ‘Creating the Future from Indonesia to the World’, the pavilion promotes Indonesia’s pioneering and sustainable development of its natural resources, and sheds light on the rapidly developing digital economy industry, thereby showcasing Indonesia as an island of vast opportunities and innovations that merge modern technologies and local knowledge.
“The unique pavilion design and content is also a manifestation of the diverse and rich culture of Indonesia, as well as the remarkable landscape that the visitors of Expo 2020 will be immersed in when visiting the pavilion.
“Our trade and investment relations have flourished over time, with the UAE announcing investment plans worth USD 10 billion, with the Indonesia Investment Authority, and we are very excited to see how we can come together to utilise our time at Expo 2020, in order to foster new ways of collaboration for the mutual prosperity of our people.”
The evening’s cultural event in Al Wasl Dome included a cast of 100 people, performing traditional and modern Indonesian dances, amid stunning projections. The show featured award-winning singer Lyodra Ginting.
Located in the Opportunity District, the Indonesia Pavilion presents a rich panorama of the nation’s natural and cultural treasures, from its traditional dances to its Java-grown coffee, which is famous around the world. It showcases the archipelago as a place that encourages global partnerships, and presents natural wonders, craftsmanship and emerging technologies, while maintaining the country’s diverse culture and tradition.
The pavilion’s architectural design brings time-honoured Indonesian weaving patterns into the present day, offering a bridge between history and modernity. Visitors can experience ancient tropical forests and tour a miniature version of contemporary Jakarta’s bustling night markets.
National and Honour Days at Expo 2020 Dubai are moments to celebrate each of the 200-plus International Participants, shining a light on their culture and achievements, and showcasing their pavilions and programming. Each features a flag-raising ceremony at the Stage of Nations in Al Wasl Plaza, followed by speeches and cultural performances.
Running until 31 March 2022, Expo 2020 invites visitors from across the planet to join the making of a new world in a six-month celebration of human creativity, innovation, progress and culture.
Fri 05-11-2021 15:04 PM