Posted by Andreas Runggatscher
International Breakfast - Feb 13th, 2019
RCNY's February 13th International Breakfast featured speaker Winanto Adi, Consul General of Indonesia, who spoke on "Indonesia: The Biggest Invisible Country in the US & Why It Matters". We were treated to an assortment of delicious Indonesian desserts.
 
    Read a report and share pictures of the meeting inside.



RCNY International Breakfast at the UN


RCNY's February 13th International Breakfast featured speaker Winanto Adi, Consul General of Indonesia, who spoke on "Indonesia: The Biggest Invisible Country in the US & Why It Matters" while attendees enjoyed an assortment of delicious, Indonesian desserts. Adi opened by presenting statistical information about the diversity and economic range of Indonesia, then contextualized it their involvement with ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and it’s aims to both protect and cultivate the rapid economic growth in the region.

With Jarkarta being the home of ASEAN Secretariat as well as Indonesia being the biggest economy in Southeast Asia, Indonesia is well positioned to become a larger player on the world-stage as current powerhouses such as the USA, European Union, and China compete to gain more access to the SEA markets. Indonesian ties to the United States date back to the Marshall Plan, in which their continued independence from the Dutch was used as a condition for the initiative. While ongoing territorial disputes remain a concern and source of conflict in the region, Indonesia prides itself in its values of diversity & unity resulting in an overall peaceful and tolerant country. Presently, there are movements and efforts to begin translating much of their traditional texts to English so that their history and culture can be further studied and shared with the broader population.

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