The Indonesian Embassy convened two commemorative themes in one event on 19 September 2012. The event took place at Chateau Laurier, Ottawa, celebrating the 67th anniversary of the Independence Day of the Republic of Indonesia and the 60th anniversary of Indonesia-Canada Diplomatic Relations.
Diplomats, Ministers and Government Officials, Members of Parliament, Think Tank Institutions, Academicians, Business Community and Representatives of Civil Societies attended the Reception. The Hon Peter MacKay, Canada’s Minister of National Defense was present as the guest of honour. Other guests who were also present were the Hon. Tony Clement (Minister for the Federal Economic Development and President of the Treasury Board); Co-Chairs of Canada-Indonesia Parliamentary Friendship Group (CIPFG), Senator Mac Harb and Mr. Deepak Obhrai, MP as well as the Executive Committee of CIPFG; the Indonesian Consul General in Vancouver, Mr. Bambang Hiendrasto and the Indonesian Consul General from Toronto, Mr. Julang Pujianto and his spouse, Mrs. Ina Julang.
In her remarks, Ambassador Dienne H. Moehario emphasizing that Canada is one of the main partners for Indonesia in the area of politics, economics and trade as well as education and socio-culture. The visit of the Indonesian Minister for Foreign Affairs to Canada in August 2012, in which the Joint Declaration on Enhancing Bilateral Consultations was signed, reflects the strengthening of the relations.
In his remarks, Mr. Grant Manuge (Associate ADM, International Business Development, Innovation and Asia, DFAIT), on behalf of the Government of Canada, conveyed his congratulatory message and also expressed Canada’s intention to foster and develop closer relations with Indonesia .
The Embassy presented an Indonesian traditional dance “Gatotkaca Gandrung”, which tells a story about Gatotkaca falling in love with Pergiwa, symbolizing the close relationship of the two countries. Indonesian traditional cuisine – fried rice (nasi goreng), satay, and layer cake (kue lapis) were also served during the reception.
In the year of 2012, Indonesia and Canada have been convening a series of activities celebrating the Diplomatic Relations Diamond Anniversary. (Embassy of Indonesia)