Miscellaneous | 23-02-2022 | 08:01
As we are all facing another wave of COVID, at the Embassy we are trying to make the most of it, working offline when we can, in line if necessary.
In the offline category, in my area of economic work, I actually see a slow trickle of Dutch entrepreneurs making the trip back to Indonesia. With quarantine requirements shortening, I’m sure it will become the steady flow it was before. Betting on this, we hope to communicate new dates for our long-awaited trade mission to North Sumatra soon!
Dutch government delegations are already traveling to G20 meetings whenever they can, underlining our support for the Indonesian presidency. We have now welcomed colleagues from the Prime Minister’s Office, the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Many will follow, including Dutch ministers, preparing for the G20 summit in Bali in November. Our Deputy Ambassador Ardi Stoios-Braken and other panelists spoke about it during a virtual Dutch Business Network session last month.
These incoming visitors may be the first cautious signs of “normalization,” which we all look forward to. In the meantime, next month we will be paying particular attention to International Women’s Day (March 8) and the role of gender in climate change discussions. The G20 will keep us busy, as well as discussions on energy transition cooperation with Indonesia.
Of course, we will report on all these activities in this newsletter in due course. For now, I hope you enjoy reading this current edition of “Happenings”!
Assistant to the head of the economic department