Bali Is Safe, the National Committee Tells Ambassadors

Jimbaran, Bali – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan has asked for ambassadors attending last week’s event to inform their countries that no worries are necessary about the condition of Bali.

“The most important thing from this visit is that we would like to say to you all that travelling to Bali is safe. I hope you will help us conveying the message to the government and people of your country,” said the minister in his welcome speech as the Chairman of the National Committee of the Annual Meetings of IMF-World Bank Group 2018 to 39 ambassadors and representatives of foreign countries in Indonesia during Diplomatic Tour on Friday, 24 August 2018, in Bali.

In the two-day event, the ambassadors and the representatives received detailed explanations on the Annual Meetings and all aspects related to it. For instance, security element for all participants and guests and planned agenda.

Chairman of the Climatology, Meteorology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG) Dwikorita Karnawati was one of the source people to have described latest news from Agung mountain and impacts of Lombok earthquake.

“The eruptions of the Agung mountain bring effects for some areas located some kilometer from the peak of the mountain only. The BMKG Chairman presented detailed information on the effects of the recent earthquake happening in Lombok to all of you, too,” the minister said.

The minister added the scenario of rescuing efforts for all participants and contingency plans in case natural disasters occurred.

As the Chairman of the National Committee, the minister said he would directly lead the rescuing operations if natural disasters happen during the Annual Meetings to be held between 10 and 13 October 2018.       

As such, the minister wished the participants would help promoting Indonesia as a tourism object because this would open rooms for economic and culture cooperatives among countries.      

“Helping promoting Indonesia as vacationing destination will open collaborations with our country. We will be able to exchange information, improve business and culture relations,” he said, closing the speech.    

In response to that, the participants were quite certain the Annual Meetings 2018 would run well. Panama Ambassador for Indonesia Deborah Ho, for instance, said she was sure the event would take place as expected, particularly as she had received full information on the Annual Meetings 2018 and the efforts of the Indonesian government in case natural disasters occurred. Similar statement was given by Mr. Ouadiâ Benabdellah, Morocco Ambassador for Indonesia, to the minister.

Also present in the two-day event was IMF Senior Resident Representative for Indonesia, John G Nelmes.

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