Konjen RI Dubai bertemu dengan Director of Foreign Office, Kementerian Luar Negeri Kantor Dubai, Persatuan Emirat Arab








Pada tanggal 7 Januari 2015, Konsul Jenderal RI Dubai, Bapak Arzaf F. Firman, melakukan pertemuan dengan Hamad Saeed Al Shamsi, Director of Foreign Office, Kementerian Luar Negeri Kantor Dubai, Persatuan Emirat Arab. Dalam pertemuan tersebut selain dilakukan penyerahan salinan Surat Tauliah juga dibicarakan usaha peningkatan kerja sama kedua negara dalam bidang ekonomi dan perlindungan WNI di Dubai

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Indonesian FM: Protection for Indonesian Citizens and Legal Entities is Indonesia’s Foreign Policy Priority

“Protection for Indonesian citizens and legalentities overseas is one of the priorities of Indonesian foreign policy which is in accordance with the vision and mission of the President of the Republic of Indonesia, which is also the vision of Foreign Affairs Ministry” said RI Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi when opening a Coordination Meeting for the Protection for Indonesian Citizens and Indonesian Legal Aid with the representatives of Citizen Services and other stakeholders at Nusantara Room, Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Republic of Indonesia (17/12).

President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla have affirmed in their Nawa Ciptaagenda that one of the government’s priorities is Bringing back the country that protects the nation and provides security for citizens through Independent and active foreign policy”. This will bring hope and challenges for the protection for Indonesian citizens, especially overseas. 

Participants included members of the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Manpower Ministry, the National Board for the Placement and Protection of Indonesian Overseas Workers(BNP2TKI) and representatives of citizen services from Johor Bahru, Kuala Lumpur, Dubai, Den Haag and Tokyo.

Foreign Minister Retno also underscored the importance of mental revolution for Indonesian diplomats to prioritize service and to side with Indonesian citizens. 

According to Foreign Minister Retno, there are four public services that must be offered by every Indonesian diplomat. Offer friendly service, always smile despite workloads. Offer prompt and efficient service. Be accessible all the time and be accountable, withzero tolerance for corruption.

The Foreign Affairs Ministry has made numerous protection efforts including saving 43 Indonesian citizens from the death penalty this year and saving 90% of Indonesian citizens from conflict areas in Syria. However, there is still much to do, and many ways to improve. 

Presently, the number of Indonesian citizens overseas documented by Indonesian representatives overseas is 4.4 million (October 2014), most of them are Indonesian Overseas Workers (TKI). However, the real total of Indonesian citizens overseas could be 2 or 3 times the figure considering a lot of Indonesian citizens overseas do not report themselves to local Indonesian representatives. During 2014, the number of cases involving Indonesian citizens recorded by Foreign Affairs Ministry numbered15,345 cases.   

The Foreign Affairs Ministry along with BNP2TKI and several stakeholders launched anintegrated database for better protection for Indonesian citizens. With the integrated database, all related institutions will have identical data. Every incoming report to the hotline of the related institutions will be input to the database and can be accessed by all authorized institutions. Cases handled in Indonesia can be accessed by Indonesian representatives overseas and vice versa.

BNP2TKI Head, Nusron Wahid along with Foreign Minister Retno expressed his pride and pleasure on the launch of the integrated database. It is hoped that in the future, the protection of Indonesian citizens can be prompt and efficient. (Source: Dit. PWNI/Dit.Infomed/VKH)


Dr. Hassan Wirajuda: Jokowi adds Color to Indonesian Politics and Democracy

(Paris-Indonesian Embassy). In a seminar titled Indonesia’s New Government and the Country’s role in East Asia that was held by Indonesian Embassy in Paris at Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA) and Institut Français des Relations Internationales(IFRI) Paris, on November 27th and 28th2014, Dr. Hassan Wirajuda explained that Joko Widodo (Jokowi) as the President of Indonesia added color to politics and democracy in Indonesia.

Jokowi’s background is that he has no connection with the New Order regime, he started his business experience from zero, he has never been a leader of political party, and he once was major in a small town, Solo. Along with his simplicity and humbleness, the inspect-everything by himself work ethic, the strictness in making decisions, and his high persuasion skill, Jokowi is able to win the heart of the people to become the Indonesian President.

His strictness and courage in taking risks is proven when he had to raise the price of gas in an effort to reduce gas subsidiary even though he was had only been inaugurated one month as a President. President Jokowi already calculated that the burden of gas subsidiary of APBN had to be diverted to the development of infrastructure, electricity supply, health care and education. With this, it is expected that in 5-10 years, Indonesia’s economic growth might reach 7% in average per year.

Dr. Wirajuda, the former Indonesian Foreign Minister, also explained that the success of the recent 2014 election in a conducive and peaceful manner as well its participation rate that reaches 75% out of 185 million registered voters is a prove of Indonesia’s maturity in democracy. This strengthen Indonesia’s position that is currently positioned at number 16 of countries with the biggest economy in the world, in promoting democracy and Human Rights protection in international scale. Indonesia has also transformed from a democracy deficit to a country with a full pledged democracy where Islam, democracy and modernization are proven to be able to work together.

In its relation to ASEAN countries, Indonesia always tries to take initiatives to improve ASEAN collaborations. Currently ASEAN has transformed itself to be an organization with legality interactions and clearer purposes based on the 3 Pillars of collaboration which are Politics and Security, Economy, and Social and Culture. ASEAN always keeps its tradition of dialogues that has made the region stable and secure for 47 years. The vast improvement of ASEAN these days are within the Pillar of Economy with a short range target which is the form of ASEAN Economic Community(AEC) 2015.

Even so, the growth of ASEAN still seems not yet balanced in Pillars of Politics and Security where the improvement of democracy and Human Rights protection in few ASEAN countries are still problematic. The lack of emphasis on political and security collaboration is seen on the East Asia Summit (EAS) collaboration. In order to avoid the wrong perception, it is hoped that ASEAN and EAS to strengthen the concrete cooperation in politics and security especially in promoting democracy and human rights.

Both of the seminars went well and interactive. In the ENA seminar there were 65 participants while in the IFRI seminar there were 50 participants coming from different backgrounds such as French officials, International Organizations officials (OECD and IEA) in Paris, businessmen, scholars, students, researchers, diplomats, and people in general that share interest in Indonesia and Asia and few representatives of the Indo-Franco Association.

In a separate opportunity, Dr. Wirajuda also had the chance to hold a meeting with Mme Nathalie Loiseau, the Director of ENA, to talk about the possibility of cooperation between ENA and Indonesia’s School of Government and Public Policy (SGPP) as one of the form of strategic partnership cooperation of Indonesia – France in education.

(Source: Indonesian Embassy in Paris)

Minister of Foreign Affairs follows up on e-impromptu visit

(Jakarta-MFA). Last Sunday (30/11), President Jokowi did another impromptu visit to a few groups of Indonesian labors overseas. Then, the next day on Monday (12/1) The Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi did follow-ups to a few of the ambassadors.

Retno emphasized the President’s will to fix internal and external sectors. Therefore, it is the Minister’s duty in the external factor to make sure that everything goes well.

I’m asking for a guarantee to all ambassadors to make sure that everything goes well in the external sector. I see that the internal sector is as serious. Everybody needs to work together,” she said.

One example of the follow ups was when the Ministry of Foreign Affairs heard a complaint that there was a “mafia” within the Indonesian Embassies. The Minister said that it was intolerable. She felt that everyone in the Indonesian Embassies is a representative of the Indonesian government that has to be truthful in giving protection for Indonesian residents overseas.

The first female Minister in Indonesia then stated that she would not tolerate corruption within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and within Indonesian Embassies. “I give zero tolerance to corruption,” she said.

Few issues that were also discussed during the online meeting include the health of the Indonesian residents, their legal protection, and learning facilities. “I’m aware that these issues are not easy to deal with, but we as the representative of the Indonesian government still need to give our best,” she added.

Indonesian Embassy in Kuala Lumpur admitted that they were currently trying to facilitate education for children of Indonesian labors, even though it was an informal education. They even had doctors that routinely come to troubled labor camps. “We also have lawyers to help our troubled labors,” said the vice ambassador, Hermono.

Meanwhile, Indonesian Ambassador in Egypt admitted that one of his local staffs was involved in a crime. The accused is currently in verbal process, waiting to be punished by the law.

We will immediately report to the President about this, to make sure that we give our best legal protection,” said the Minister.

(Contributed by: M. Aji Surya)


Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai Received Dubai’s Immigration Award










Last Thursday, located at Dubai Head Office of Residency and Foreigners Affairs (Immigration) in Aweer, Dubai – PEA, The Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai received an award from the Director General of Dubai Residency and Foreigners Affairs (Immigration), Major-General Mohammed Ahmed Al Marri.

The award was given on the synergy and cooperation in handling Indonesian Migran Workers (TKI), especially TKI informal sector (Domestic/Household Administration).

Besides Indonesia, the representatives of the Philippines, Srilanka, Pakistan and Palestine also received similar award.

In his speech, Major-General Al Marri expressed high appreciation to the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai and 4 representatives from other countries on good cooperation so far. He added that Dubai Immigration Office kept opening itself to each concrete form of cooperation in relation to the efforts of reducing the cases of domestic sector workers/PLRT.

The Indonesian Consul-General in Dubai, Imam Santoso, expressed appreciation to Dubai Immigration Office regarding the award and extended hope for improved cooperation and better communication and information access to fasten up the settlement process of many cases involving TKI, especially informal sector (PLRT).

Major-General Al Marri later on pointed out the major factors of domestic sector workers’ problems, where in his opinions existed in recruitment stage and debriefing in their origin countries.

The informal workers who would come to Dubai/ PEA were supposed to be given more complete information on PEA law and culture. According to Major-General Al Marri, their being not ready to work and minimum knowledge on Dubai/PEA and work environment was one of the major causes of TKI-PLRT problems.

However, Major-General Al Marri recorded that this year there was a decrease in the number of running away cases of around 30% compared to that last year. The decrease was believed to be the result of the efforts and cooperation of all parties, including the governments of the origin countries, the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai, in this case.

In the near future, Dubai Immigration Office would oblige insurance in health and work-accident of each informal sector worker who would be borne to each service user/the master. This was one of the steps to be taken by Dubai Immigration Office in relation to minimizing the cases of PLRT workers who ran away from their masters. (Source : the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai)