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Newsletter January – July 2017 - Embassy of Canada to Indonesia and Timor-Leste

Canada’s 150th Anniversary! #Canada150

Ambassador MacArthur and Embassy staff at the launch of Canada 150 celebrations.

This year we are celebrating Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Confederation! This is a major national milestone and an opportunity for Canadians to celebrate the great accomplishments that highlight our country’s proud past and bright future. It is also a wonderful opportunity to celebrate with our friends around the world, including here in Indonesia and Timor-Leste. Join us in 2017 as we celebrate Canada and all that it stands for – equality, pluralism, innovative, strength in diversity, and environmentally friendly!


Happy Canada Day!

Ambassador MacArthur cuts the cake with ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh, BAPPENAS Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro and Ambassador Hannan at the Canada Day celebration in Jakarta.

The Canada Day reception on July 12 was a great success with over 1,200 guests filling up the ballroom at the Fairmont Hotel in Jakarta. Jointly hosted by Ambassador to Indonesia and Timor Lester, H.E. Peter MacArthur and Ambassador to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), H.E. Marie-Louise Hannan, the celebration highlighted the different themes of Canada 150 – diversity and inclusion, reconciliation with the Indigenous peoples, the environment and youth – but also Canada-Indonesia relations with a surprise screening of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau greeting, and of President Joko Widodo’s video blog. Minister of National Development Planning H.E. Bambang Brodjonegoro, who represented the Indonesian Government, praised the role Canada played in the independence process of Indonesia and highlighted our rich relationship, including trade ties and several ongoing cooperation projects between the two countries. The reception was also attended by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs A. M. Fachir and ASEAN Secretary General Le Luong Minh. The colourful celebration featured live music as well as Canadian culinary specialities including signature Canadian beef, poutine and ice wine. The celebration was further enlivened by a fashion show offered by the very talented students of LaSalle College Jakarta, a Canadian education institution celebrating its 20th anniversary in Indonesia. We thank our sponsors for making this celebration a success. Happy Canada Day!

Ambassador MacArthur and Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs A.M. Fachir.

Fashion show by LaSalle College students.


Canada Day and Accreditation Ceremony  in Timor-Leste

Ambassador MacArthur presents his credentials to President of Timor-Leste H.E. Francisco Guterres Lú Olo.

Ambassador MacArthur wrapped up an eventful trip to Timor Leste where he hosted Canada’s first ever national day reception and officially stepped into his role as Ambassador to the young country. The “Canada 150” celebration on June 29 was a special event, which brought together Timorese friends and officials, civil society, diplomatic colleagues and the Canadian community. In his remarks, the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs Roberto Soares highlighted the important ways Canada has contributed to Timor-Leste since its independence. Ambassador MacArthur presented his Credential Letters to Timor-Leste President Francisco Guterres Lù Olo the next day, June 30, making him officially the new Ambassador of Canada to Timor-Leste. Ambassador MacArthur looks forward to many more trips, and to growing the Canada-Timor Leste friendship!  

Discussing Gender Equality with Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection

Ambassador MacArthur meets with Minister of of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection, Yohana Yembise.

In a meeting on June 20 with Indonesian Minister of Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise, Ambassador MacArthur highlighted Canada’s focus on the empowerment of women and girls. Canada’s new “Feminist International Assistance Policy” means that gender equality and women’s empowerment are now at the core of our development assistance. This includes new dedicated funding of C$650 million for women and adolescent girls’ sexual and reproductive health and rights, and C$150 million for Women's Voice and Leadership.

Ambassador Hosts Iftar for Canada 150 Sponsors

Ambassador MacArthur welcomes Iftar guests to the Canada House.

On June 8, Ambassador MacArthur hosted an iftar dinner at Canada House. The event was organized to thank the sponsors of Canada Day 2017  which includes both Indonesian & Canadian partners. Our sincere appreciation and gratitude to all our sponsors for making our special Canada Day 150 celebration possible in Indonesia!


Ambassador Visits Bogor

Ambassador MacArthur with Canadian students doing a summer course in Bogor.

Ambassador MacArthur traveled to Bogor on May 29 where he discussed agriculture, engaged with Canadian university students and visited the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR). At the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), Ambassador MacArthur met with the Rector, Prof. Dr. Herry Suhardiyanto, and his team who are collaborating with several Canadian universities, including the University of Waterloo, University of British Columbia and Memorial University of Newfoundland. While there, he also met with 20 UBC students and a Canadian lecturer who are participating in a summer semester at IPB. At CIFOR, the Ambassador met with Director Dr. Peter Holmgren to discuss the economics of a green environment and combating climate change.

Canada 150 Celebrations

Ambassador MacArthur paddles against the backdrop of Lake Moraine.

Ambassador MacArthur kicked off Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in Jakarta on May 23 at Canada House by paddling in the pool against a backdrop of famous Lake Moraine. Together with Indonesian media, social opinion influencers and colleagues from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, we celebrated the Canada150 themes: diversity, Indigenous people, youth and environment. Supported by other beautiful visuals inside the residence, such as the Parliament Hill, an Inuksuk, CN tower and Canadian artists, the Ambassador outlined the history of Canada and highlighted the valuable and significant presence and contribution of Canada and its community in Indonesia, including in the areas of trade, investment, development, and as a partner in promoting pluralism, good governance, and security.  

Visit of Alberta Oil & Gas Delegation

The Canadian Embassy hosted a delegation of eight Alberta-based oil and gas companies from May 16 to 24. The delegation represented world-leading Canadian capabilities in enhanced oil recovery, oil production optimization, and in technologies for cleaner, safer and more efficient oil and gas operations – all priority areas for Indonesia. In partnership with the Province of Alberta and Export Development Canada, the Embassy connected the delegation to key local stakeholders including Pertamina and the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources. The Embassy also introduced them to numerous business opportunities in Indonesia’s oil and gas equipment and services sector. This visit is further evidence of the increasing business interests in the Canadian and Indonesian oil and gas sectors.

The Alberta Oil & Gas Delegation at dinner.

Canada Cup Golf Tournament

Ambassador MacArthur delivers his remarks at the Canada Cup.

The Canada Cup raises IDR 30 million for charity.

The Indonesia-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) in partnership with the Canadian Alumni Association (CALINDO) held the 14th annual Canada Cup Golf Tournament at Sentul Highlands Golf Course on May 24. Thanks to sponsors including Global Assistance & Healthcare, Manulife, Husky Energy and the Embassy, and with the generous support and personal dedication from Canadian alum and President Director and CEO of PT Duta Sarana Perkasa Nyoto Irawan, the tournament was once again a tremendous success. Ambassador MacArthur delivered remarks during the awards ceremony where Rp30 million was raised for the Sampaguita Foundation, an Indonesian non-profit organization focussed on assisting people with disabilities.

Supporting Local Economic Development in Indonesia

Ambassador MacArthur with Chair of Investment Coordination Board Thomas Lembong at the kickoff of NSLIC Project.

On May 23, Ambassador MacArthur participated in the kick-off event initiating national activities for a Canadian-funded $18 million initiative designed to promote local economic development. In partnership with the Indonesian National Development Planning Board (BAPPENAS), the National Support for Local Investment Climates (NSLIC) project will focus on supporting local and regional economic development and creating investment-friendly business environments. In his remarks, Ambassador MacArthur noted how the initiative would help micro, small and medium enterprises, and contribute to Indonesia’s ranking in the Ease of Doing Business index. The event was attended by Minister of BAPPENAS Bambang Brodjonegoro and Chair of Investment Coordination Board Thomas Lembong.

Congratulations to Timor-Leste’s New President!

Chargé d’Affaires Hélène Viau congratulates the new President of Timor-Leste H.E. Francisco Guterres Lú Olo.

Chargé d'Affaires Hélène Viau attended the swearing-in ceremony of President of Timor-Leste H.E. Francisco Guterres Lú Olo in Dili on May 20 and congratulated the new president in person at the end of the ceremony. Canada has long considered Timor-Leste a friend, and looks forward to many years of continued collaboration.

Sharing Canada’s Expertise in Digital Diplomacy

Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs A.M. Fachir opens the Experts Meeting on Digital Diplomacy.

Recognized as a Digital Diplomacy leader, Canada was invited by the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to talk at the Experts Meeting on Digital Diplomacy at University of Gadjah Mada in Yogyakarta on May 16. The meeting was officially opened by Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs A.M. Fachir. As the only Embassy present at the meeting, Chargé d’Affaires Hélène Viau shared Canada’s approach to digital diplomacy which is today an important component of the Canadian foreign policy strategy. With no less than 198 Canadian missions worldwide on social media, Canada is definitely connected to the world!

Canadian Foreign Policy and Canada 150 at University of Indonesia

Group photo of Ambassador MacArthur with all participants after the guest lecture.

Canada foreign policy and Canada 150 celebrations were the feature of a recent graduate lecture at the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences, University of Indonesia in Depok. Ambassador Peter MacArthur delivered a guest lecture on May 12, and answered a variety of questions about Canada from climate change to trade issues, diversity and immigration. Students and faculty members filled the venue to capacity.

Collaboration in Islamic Higher Education System

Ambassador MacArthur with Canadian and Indonesian scholars.

The recent visit of a McGill University delegation meant further engaging in an area of longstanding Canada-Indonesian Islamic education. Ambassador MacArthur hosted visiting Dr. Christopher Manfredi, Provost of McGill University, on May 11 with several Indonesia’s foremost religious scholars. McGill established its Institute of Islamic Studies in the 1950s and became a meeting point for Canadian and Indonesian Islamic scholars. Today, Indonesian students continue to study at McGill, including through the Ministry of Religious Affairs’ graduate scholarship program “5000 Doktor.”

Welcoming KADIN’s New Canada Committee

Ambassador MacArthur welcomes the Canada Committee with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

Canada-Indonesia trade relations continue to strengthen, with the creation of the Canada Committee within the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). To mark the inauguration of the committee, Ambassador MacArthur hosted KADIN Chair Rosan Roeslani, Vice Chair Shinta Kamdani, the Chair of KADIN’s Canada Committee (KIKAN), Millie Stephanie, and Chair of the Indonesia-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) Vivien Kusumowardhani. KIKAN will work together with the ICCC to unlock the untapped potential that exists in the Canada-Indonesia trading relationship through joint advocacy on issues of mutual interest and facilitating greater business exchanges and awareness of bilateral commercial opportunities.

Promoting Youthful Thinking on Public Finances

Ambassador MacArthur presents an award to the student winner of the essay competition on the management of Indonesia’s public finances.

Ambassador MacArthur presented an award to the student winner of an essay competition on the management of Indonesia’s public finances at a May 3 ceremony also attended by Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani. Supported by Canada, the European Union and Switzerland in partnership with the World Bank, the Ministry of Finance and the University of Indonesia, the competition was designed to build interest among youth in public financial management and how it is a key driver in Indonesia’s inclusive socio-economic development.


Canada Helps Protect Indonesian Farmers

Development Assistance Director Sharon Armstrong (left) witnesses the signing of the agreement.

Supporting smallholder farmers in Indonesia is important to increasing sustainable and inclusive growth in rural areas. As part of a Canadian-funded $10 million, five-year project with the International Finance Corporation (IFC), on April 27, the International Finance Corporation (IFC) signed a cooperation agreement with PT. Reasuransi MAIPARK to support agriculture insurance innovations for small holder famers, agribusinesses and banks. The impacts of climate change continue to increase the vulnerability of farmers and agribusinesses throughout the world, something the “Indonesia Agribusiness Development” project aims to address by developing improved weather-related insurance products.

Indonesia-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) Annual General Meeting

Ambassador MacArthur at the ICCC annual general meeting with its new chair Vivien Kusumowardhani (middle).

The Indonesia-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) held its General Assembly and Annual Networking Luncheon on April 27, featuring remarks from both Ambassador MacArthur and Ms. Millie Stephanie, Chair of the new Canada Committee (KIKAN) of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN). Both speakers outlined opportunities to strengthen our bilateral ties across the multi-faceted Canada-Indonesia relationship.  It was also the occasion to welcome the appointment of the new Chair of the ICCC, Ms. Vivien Kusumowardhani, President Commissioner of PT Sunlife Indonesia and first woman at the helm of the ICCC. Our warmest congratulations to Ibu Vivien and Ibu Millie! The Embassy looks forward to working closely with the ICCC and KIKAN to enhance Canada-Indonesia partnerships in the months and years to come.

Sharing Canadian Experience on Pension Funds

Ambassador MacArthur and OJK Vice Chairman Waluyanto.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the first Pension Funds in Indonesia, Canada funded a pension fund conference on April 25-26 hosted by the Indonesian Financial Service Authority (OJK) and the World Bank. The conference gave participants the opportunity to analyse the current state of Indonesia’s pension system and identify ways to strengthen it. Canada currently supports Indonesia’s pension industry through two significant initiatives. One project with the OJK aims to build risk-assessment capacity in Indonesia, and another World Bank-implemented project is working with the Ministry of Finance to implement a public-private partnership model and attract infrastructure investment, including from pension funds. Ambassador MacArthur helped kick off the event with OJK Vice Chairman, Rahmat Waluyanto, by sharing Canada’s own experience with pension funds.

Ambassador Calls on Minister of Foreign Affairs

Ambassador MacArthur pays a courtesy call on Minister of Foreign Affairs Marsudi.

Ambassador MacArthur paid a courtesy call on the Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi on April 10. During the cordial meeting they discussed the Canada-Indonesia relationship in full, including our respective bids for a non-permanent seat at the UN Security Council, peacekeeping, maritime issues and possible areas of new collaboration. 

Canadian Food Week at the Grand Hyatt, including a Canada Beef Seminar

Executive Chef Monfaredi presents her creations at the Canadian Food Week.

From April 10 to 18, the Grand Hyatt Jakarta hosted Canadian Food Week, featuring a special menu created by Canadian Executive Chef Joan Monfaredi from the Park Hyatt Toronto. Chef Monfaredi’s delicious menu included Canadian beef and lobster and was enjoyed by Indonesian importers of Canadian food products at a dinner hosted by Ambassador MacArthur. At the end of the week, the Embassy together with Canada Beef also organized a Canadian Beef Seminar. Canada Beef’s Daisuke Shimojima provided an overview of the Canadian beef industry, and Chef Monfaredi outlined her experience cooking with delicious and sustainable Canadian beef. More than 45 participants including beef importers, food services, restaurants and hotels attended, which provided a wonderful opportunity to highlight the re-entry of Canadian beef to the Indonesian market, now available for order at Brahman Farm and on retail at select Hero supermarkets, Primo supermarket and Carrefour/Transmart stores.


Meet and Greet with the Chief of the Air Force

Ambassador MacArthur exchanges gifts with Indonesian Air Force Chief Air Marshal Tjahjanto.

Ambassador MacArthur, along with Defence Attaché Col. Janine Knackstedt and Senior Trade Commisoner Nadia Bourély, met with the Indonesian Chief of the Air Force Chief Air Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto on March 29 to discuss Canada’s contributions to Indonesian military training, to enquire about Air Force defence and procurement priorities and to investigate potential opportunities for Canadian business. Chief Air Marshal Tjahjanto greeted the Canadian team with warmth, and the two also discussed Canada`s strong bilateral defence relationship with Indonesia.

Vive la Semaine de la Francophonie!

Students performance at the closing of the Francophonie Week in Jakarta.

The Canadian Embassy was proud to support another successful week of Francophonie celebrations and activities in Jakarta from March 20-23. At the dynamic closing ceremony held at the University of Indonesia, Ambassador MacArthur highlighted in his remarks how the French language and Francophone culture contribute to Canada’s unique identity and referred to Canadian Michaëlle Jean, Her Excellency Secretary General of La Francophonie.

Canada, One of the World’s Best Investment Destinations

Hon. Wouters delivers his presentation to ICCC members.

Former Clerk of the Privy Council (i.e. Deputy Minister for the Prime Minister and head of the Canadian Public Service), the Hon. Wayne Wouters spoke at an event hosted by the Indonesia Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) on March 20. Mr. Wouters outlined Canada’s global competitive advantage and recalled that Canada is one of the best countries in the world to invest, thanks to an ambitious infrastructure development plan, the low cost of doing business, our highly-skilled workforce and Canada’s “open” approach to immigration. Canada is also a trading nation, and thanks to the approval of the Canada-EU Comprehensive Trade Agreement (CETA), it is now the only G7 country with preferential access to both the EU and North American markets.

Visit of Infrastructure Trade Mission

A group picture of the Infrastructure Trade Mission participants.

On March 20-21, the Canadian Embassy hosted an Infrastructure Trade Mission focused on clean technologies, water treatment, information technologies and the education sectors. Canadian capabilities in these sectors are ideally suited to help address Indonesia’s infrastructure development priorities. A total of eight Canadian companies and six provincial representatives from Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta traveled to Jakarta as part of a roadshow to Southeast Asia. The delegation heard from local experts about the infrastructure business landscape, as well as financing and legal considerations of doing business in Indonesia, and from Canadian company PT Hatfield Indonesia, with years of experiences working in Indonesia. Canadian companies also met with targeted local contacts to discuss specific business opportunities.

Social Finance for Social Enterprise

Development Assistance Director Sharon Armstrong and UNDP Indonesia Director Christophe Bahuet at the launch of the joint project.

The Canadian Embassy and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) Indonesia on March 17 announced a joint project on social finance for social enterprises. The Social Finance to Enhance Poverty Alleviation and Gender Equality project will focus on women-led social enterprises in poor and marginalized communities where access to markets and finance is limited. “This project will promote innovative ways of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reducing poverty in Indonesia,” said Ambassador MacArthur.

Supporting Freedom of Religion and Belief in Indonesia

Representatives from the Canadian Embassy and UNDP Indonesia at the launch of the joint project.

For the second year in a row, on March 16, the Canadian Embassy supported the National Congress on Freedom of Religion and Belief in Jakarta in partnership with the Indonesian National Commission on Human Rights and the Human Rights Working Group Indonesia. Chargé d’Affaires Hélène Viau in her opening remarks underlined the importance of religious rights and protection of minorities. “Canada’s approach is to recognize, embrace and leverage diversity,” she said, adding that “inclusion is a choice, and choosing inclusion requires leadership.” Minister of Religious Affairs Lukman Hakim Saifuddin and National Police Chief Gen. Tito Karnavian also delivered remarks and stressed the importance of Pancasila and their commitment to protect religious minorities. The Commission presented awards to three mayors for their outstanding leadership in promoting freedom of religion and belief: the Mayor of Bandung Ridwan Kamil, the Mayor of Bekasi Rahmat Effendi and the Mayor of Manado Vicky Lumentut.

Canada supports International Women’s Day celebration in Jakarta

Over 250 women and men took part in the International Women’s Day celebration in Jakarta on March 8 supported by the Canadian Embassy in partnership with Jurnal Perempuan. Highlighting “Women and Public Policy” as its main theme, Ambassador MacArthur stated that “gender-sensitive public policy is critical to women’s empowerment and gender equality.” Gender equality, he added, needs the “engagement of every one of us, including and especially men and boys.” The dynamic celebration kicked off with the screening of a Canadian film about Canadian indigenous women, but also included a lively discussion on women and public policy, poetry readings, and music performances. Local products created by organizations that promote equal opportunity for women and minority groups were also available for sale.

Ambassador MacArthur and Political Counsellor Hélène Viau visit a booth displaying products made by women.

Ambassador MacArthur delivers his opening speech at the International Women’s Day celebration in Jakarta.

Equality Matters!

 Chargé d’Affaires Armstrong shares Canada’s experience at a UNDP dialogue.

In the lead up to International Women's Day, Chargé d'Affaires Sharon Armstong was invited to share Canada’s gender equality experience at a United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) dialogue on women, organizations and growth in Indonesia on March 20. The event gathered experts across government‎, civil society and private sector to discuss practical ways to better promote gender equality in Indonesia.


Canadian Military Representatives Visit the Indonesian Army Psychology Center

Indonesian Military delegation visiting Canada.

The Indonesian Army Psychology Center received the visit of two representatives from the Director General Military Personnel Research and Analysis (DGMPRA), Susan Truscott and Karen Rankin in February 2017. The visit was for collaborative research purposes with the goal to develop a military leadership competency model.  In October 2016, the former Indonesian Army Personnel Assistant to the Chief of Army, MGen Sonhadji, and the Head of the Psychological Services of the Indonesian Army Psychology, BGen Arief Budiarto, visited DGMPRA in Ottawa with their research team.

Promoting Religious Rights in Indonesia  

Participants of the focus group discussion.

The Canadian Embassy supported local NGO and religious rights body Setara in organizing a focus group discussion in Yogyakarta aimed at promoting tolerance and enhancing Freedom of Religion and Belief in Indonesia. Held on February 26-27, the event was attended by leaders of traditional beliefs from across the archipelago, interfaith NGOs as well as government officials.

Canadian Forest Fire Expertise in Jakarta

Canadian experts leading a workshop on forest fire management.

Canadian and Indonesian experts are working together in forest fire management! Ambassador MacArthur attended the opening of a five-day workshop on Forest Fire Prevention and Management on February 20, hosted by the Indonesian Agency for Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics. “We are hopeful that through this week’s workshop and training, Canada can contribute a critical piece to Indonesia’s fire management system, as an important step in environmental protection and climate change prevention and mitigation,” said Ambassador MacArthur. During the workshop, three Canadian experts offered fire management training and system upgrades, with support from UN partners and two Canadian companies, TREK Wildland Services and Forest Technology Systems.

Maple Leaf Charity Ball

Ambassador MacArthur and Ambassador Hannan at the Maple Leaf Charity Ball.

The Canadian community in Jakarta successfully launched Canada 150 celebrations at its annual Maple Leaf Charity Ball on February 18. Attended by both Ambassador MacArthur and Canadian Ambassador to ASEAN Marie-Louise Hannan, the fun-filled event was jointly organized by the Canadian Women's Association of Jakarta, the Indonesia Canada Chamber of Commerce and CALINDO. Proceeds from the charity ball went to help underprivileged Indonesian children through education programs, in providing clean drinking water, and supporting centres for orphans and young adults.

Canadian Education Attracts More Indonesians

EduCanada Fair in Jakarta

Indonesia is experiencing a surge in interest in Canadian education as seen at the EduCanada Fair held on February 11 in Surabaya and February 12 in Jakarta.  With up to 26 Canadian schools and universities participating, the event attracted hundreds of students and their parents. Ambassador MacArthur attended in both cities, and in Jakarta, prominent Canadian alumni – Dino Patti Djalal and Nyoto Irawan – also shared their personal experiences of studying in Canada.

Peacetival in Makassar

Canada booth at Peacetival in Makassar.

The Canadian Embassy took part in the latest edition of Peacetival, Indonesia’s first peace festival, in Makassar, South Sulawesi on February 12. Organized in partnership with Peace Gen Indonesia, the full day event included peace discussions, multicultural performances, and drawing and poetry competitions. Mayor Danny Pomanto was also present to declare Makassar as a compassionate city. Peacetival also featured booths representing different organizations working to promote peace, tolerance and diversity. The Canadian Embassy booth was particularly popular with visitors of all ages eager to know more about Canada’s activities in Indonesia as well as to win some cool Canada prizes!

LaSalle College’s New Campus in Surabaya

Ambassador MacArthur officially opens LaSalle College’s new campus in Surabaya.

Ambassador MacArthur took part in the official opening of the new campus of LaSalle College in Surabaya on February 10. A leading Canadian school that offers fashion, interior and graphic designs and artistic make-up, LaSalle College is also celebrating its 20th anniversary in Indonesia this year.

Empowering Fisherwomen in East Java

Ambassador MacArthur poses with some fisherwomen in East Java.

The Canadian Embassy and the organization WALHI East Java are empowering and training fisherwomen to better adapt to the effects of climate change. Ambassador MacArthur and East Java Vice-Governor Saifullah Yusuf visited the vibrant coastal community of Nambangan in Kedung Cowek on February 10 where they met the fisherwomen and saw the fishery products prepared and sold at their new cooperative. This marks another successful Canada Fund for Local Initiatives (CFLI) project!

The Closing of SILE Project

Ambassador MacArthur tours the exhibition at the closing of SILE Project.

Canada and Indonesia celebrated achievements at the closing event of a signature six-year joint initiative in mid-February. The Supporting Islamic Leadership (SILE) project received C$13.5 million in funding from Canada in order to promote inclusive democracy and peaceful pluralism. In his remarks, Ambassador MacArthur highlighted Canada’s longstanding collaboration with Indonesia in this area: “Canada is delighted that the Supporting Islamic Leadership project has helped to promote values of community engagement, inclusion, and peaceful pluralism. These are shared values between Canada and Indonesia.”

FITT Training for the Ministry of Trade

Ambassador MacArthur with participants of the FITT training.

Ambassador MacArthur joined participants from the Indonesian Ministry of Trade in a training series focused on supporting Indonesian small and medium enterprises, held in Jakarta from January 31 - February 3. The training was organized by the Forum for International Trade Training (FITT), a Canadian institution that provides international business training and professional certification. Through the Canada-Indonesia Trade and Private Sector Assistance (TPSA) project, the Ministry of Trade receives the FITT training in order to enhance its skills in supporting Indonesian small and medium enterprises in growing their businesses and in exporting beyond their borders, including in Canada.


Ambassador Visits JCLEC

Ambassador MacArthur plants a banyan tree at the JCLEC.

Ambassador MacArthur visited the Jakarta Centre for Law Enforcement Cooperation in Semarang on January 27. He joined Canadian trainers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police at the security course graduation, designed to build Indonesian capacity to counter terrorism & transnational crime. During the visit, he also planted a banyan tree at the training centre to salute the collaboration of Indonesia, Canada and other funding partners.

Promoting Women’s and Children’s Rights: A Canadian Priority

Counsellor Viau among school teachers and principals in East Nusatenggara.

Combating violence against children and promoting the rights of women and children is a key Canadian priority. Political & Public Affairs Counselor Hélène Viau traveled to Kupang, NTT on January 26 to monitor several activities sponsored by the Canada Fund for Local Initiatives program. Apart from participating in a local radio show to raise awareness about children’s rights, she also attended a very informative training for school teachers and principals to combat violence against children and promote children’s rights organized in partnership with local NGO Justitia. “Each child deserves to be raised in a world free of violence and exploitation,” Ms. Viau said, “and each one deserves to grow up with proper nutrition and health care, a good education, and safe communities. Our children are our most valuable asset, they are the leaders of tomorrow.”

ICCC-CALINDO Joint Networking Event

Ambassador MacArthur at the ICCC-CALINDO joint networking event.

Ambassador MacArthur and Ambassador Hannan connected with Canadian and Indonesian contacts at a networking event held on January 19 at the Fairmont Hotel hosted by the Indonesia-Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) and the Association of Canadian Alumni in Indonesia (CALINDO) to mark the New Year. In his remarks, Ambassador MacArthur celebrated the strong Canada-Indonesia business and education ties, and highlighted Canada’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017.  

Canada Celebrates Achievements of the SILE Project

Development Assistance Director Armstrong poses with female beneficiaries of the SILE Project.

The Canadian Embassy took part in two events in mid-January celebrating achievements of the SILE Project. The events highlighted the great work done by the State Islamic University (UIN) Alaudin Makassar and the UIN Sunan Ampel Surabaya in partnership with 16 communities over the last six years, to promote values of community engagement, inclusion and peaceful pluralism. Canadian Director for Development Assistance for Indonesia, Sharon Armstrong, remarked that "the Supporting Islamic Leadership Project has strengthened the collaboration between Islamic higher education institutions and communities and helped to promote democratic values and gender equality."

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