Jakarta. The 4th Indonesia Diaspora Global Summit, held on Aug. 21-22 at the JS Luwansa Hotel in South Jakarta, was officially opened by Vice President Jusuf Kalla.
Kalla led a declaration reading of the diaspora vow to develop Indonesia in 14 languages.
According to a statement released on Wednesday (23/08), Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Education Minister Muhadjir Effendy and Manpower Minister Muhammad Hanif Dhakiri were also in attendance.
During the opening, Kalla asked the diaspora to help build Indonesia’s potential sectors including tourism, especially in Malino in the Gowa district of South Sulawesi.
He expressed his hope for Malino to be a new tourist destination in the region.
"Let’s all go to Malino to improve Indonesian tourism," Kalla said.
He added that besides education, culture, science and business, the Indonesian diaspora has a role to innovate tourism through the Wonderful Indonesia tourism campaign in their respective countries of residence.
Furthermore, Kalla said Indonesia has received an investment grade rating from Standard and Poor’s rating agency and "it will be easier to attract foreign investors to Indonesia as well as to promote Indonesian tourism."
Eddy Susilo, deputy for convention and meetings tourism promotion at the Ministry of Tourism, said Malino has a chance to steal tourists’ attention as the region is now supported by better infrastructure.
"Malino has become a refreshing tourist destination so we hope to increase the tourist numbers and make the area a national tourist attractions," he added.