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EU diplomats visit Makassar to boost ties with South Sulawesi Province
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) and nine EU Member States Embassies are conducting a joint two-day visit to Makassar on 4-5 July 2019 to promote Europe and enhance linkages with stakeholders of South Sulawesi province and the city of Makassar.
Led by Mr Charles-Michel Geurts (Chargé d’affaires of the EU Delegation to Indonesia), the group includes H.E. Mrs Beata Stoczynska (Ambassador of Poland), H.E. Mrs Olivia Leslie (Ambassador of Ireland), H.E. Mr Jari Sinkari (Ambassador of Finland), Mr Ferdinand Lahnstein (Chargé d'affaires of the Embassy of Netherlands), Mr David Van Lierde (Chargé d’affaires of the Embassy of Belgium), Mr Soeren Bindesboell (Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Denmark), Mr Charles-Henri Brosseau (Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of France), Ms Mariana Oom (Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Embassy of Portugal) and Mr Giandomenico Milano (Head of Political Section of the Embassy of Italy).
The visit began with courtesy calls to the Governor of South Sulawesi, Mr Nurdin Abdullah and Acting Mayor of Makassar, Mr Muhammad Iqbal Samad Suhaeb. The EU diplomats gained an overview of political, social and economic developments in South Sulawesi, as well as insights on development initiatives of the city administration of Makassar. Discussions also covered a range of other topics: economic cooperation, trade and investment, education and culture. Talks also touched on the Makassar urban development that is supported by EU cooperation programmes in that area.
“Through rapid development, South Sulawesi has transformed itself into one of Indonesia's most advanced and dynamic provinces, with the capital city Makassar as its vital hub and a key gateway for Eastern Indonesia. Through various cooperation instruments, the European Union together with its Member States, has long been a partner to South Sulawesi Province in many ways, in keeping with our shared commitment to the national and global sustainable development goals,” stated Mr Charles-Michel Geurts.
The EU diplomats also conducted a visit to the Indonesian Port PELINDO IV, to meet with port officials and members of the South Sulawesi Chamber of Commerce and Industry, as well as to observe the new direct lines that serve the incoming and outgoing consumer goods from and to the European countries in the perspective of the trade and investment opportunities to be opened by the EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (CEPA), under negotiation.
The EU diplomats also had the opportunity to engage with local civil society organisations on social issues including human rights, freedom of speech, social inclusiveness for people with disabilities, gender equality, child protection, environmental sustainability and climate change.
To further foster exchanges and boost ties, the EU invited opinion leaders, public figures, religious leaders, the honorary consuls of the EU Member States as well as representatives of youth organisation and the media to an evening networking reception. As part of its outreach to young people, the EU diplomats also held a discussion with students of Hasanuddin University and gave information on EU and EU Member States higher education programmes and opportunities. The EU diplomats' visit concluded with a cultural tour to the La Galigo historical museum, Mosque of 99 Domes, Losari Beach and Somba Opu Street to enjoy local coffee brews and handicrafts.