Celebration of the 242nd Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Donovan at the Celebration of the 242nd Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta Yang terhormat Menteri Koordinator Luhut Pandjaitan ,Deputi Sekretaris Jenderal Tuan, Duta Besar Campbell, para hadirin sekalian, selamat datang di perayaan kemerdekaan Amerika Serikat ke –dua ratus empat puluh dua. The theme for our celebration ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Remarks on the Millennium Challenge Corporation’s (MCC) Five Year Compact Close-Out

Selamat Pagi! Good morning. Thank you Governor Muhammad Zainul Majdi for hosting us here today and for NTB’s continued support for the Millennium Challenge Corporation and Millennium Challenge Account-Indonesia’s important work promoting economic prosperity for Indonesians. I would also like to thank the MCC delegation, who travelled from around the world to see firsthand the ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Remarks at the Ceremonial Signing between Boeing and Lion Group

Good afternoon!  Thank you for inviting me to join this special occasion.  I also want to express my thanks to Boeing, Ambassador Rusdi and Minister Budi for joining us. I would like to congratulate Boeing and the Lion Group on this partnership, yet another example of the strong economic relationship between the United States and ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Remarks on Indonesia Stunting Summit

Thank you to our partners from the Ministry of National Development Planning: Bapak Kennedy Simanjuntak, Deputy Minister on Development Funding; Bapak Subandi, Deputy Minister on Human Development, Community and Culture; Bapak Pungkas Bahjuri Ali, Director of Community Health and Nutrition; Thank you also to the: Distinguished Members of Board of Trustees of MCA-Indonesia And to ...
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Secretary of Defense Mattis’s Remarks at an Honor Cordon Welcoming Indonesia Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi to the Pentagon

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE JAMES N. MATTIS:  Madame Minister — Minister Retno, it’s very good to have you here.  Excellency, Ambassador, thank you for coming over, as well.  I very much enjoyed my visit to your country, to your capital in January.  It was very educational for me.  I learned a great deal. I believe our ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Remarks on Honeywell’s Connected Campus Laboratory, University of Indonesia

Minister Nasir, Rector Anis, President Roy Kosasih from Honeywell’s ASEAN and Indonesia offices – it’s a great pleasure to see all of you at this event. Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Selamat Pagi. Good morning. I would like to congratulate the leadership and staff of Honeywell and the University of Indonesia for your hard work ...
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Ambassador Donovan’s Opening Address at the U.S. – Indonesia Investment Summit 2017

Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Selamat pagi. Good morning. Selamat datang ke Jakarta to our guests who have joined us from the United States or from elsewhere in the region. I want to thank the members and staff of the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in Washington for ...
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Celebration of the 241st Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta

Wakil Presiden Kalla, Mentri Rudiantara, Mentri Basuki, Mentri Ibu Susi, Mentri Sumadi, Mentri Rizal, Mentri Eko, Mantan Presiden Yudhoyono, Mantan Presiden Habibie, para mentri, Secretary General Minh, Charge Dennis Shields, dan teman teman semua. Selamat datang di perayaan ke 241 kemerdekaan Amerika. Tema tahun ini “Kekuatan dalam Keragaman, Bhinneka Tunggal Ika, dan E Pluribus Unum”. ...
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“The U.S. and Indonesia: a Strategic Partnership of Promise and Opportunity” at the FPCI

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on “The U.S. and Indonesia: a Strategic Partnership of Promise and Opportunity” at the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia (FPCI), Jakarta The U.S. and Indonesia: a Strategic Partnership of Promise and Opportunity Ambassador Djalal, distinguished guests and friends, it is my great pleasure to be here with all of you today, ...
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Hatta-Sjahrir Marine Sciences and Fisheries College, Banda

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Hatta-Sjahrir Marine Sciences and Fisheries College, Banda Distinguished delegates, representatives, and students – thank you for inviting me to Hatta-Sjahrir Marine Sciences and Fisheries College today. One of our most important objectives in Indonesia is to expand our education cooperation, catalyze partnerships between U.S. and Indonesian universities,  and encourage more ...
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The U.S. – Indonesia Aviation Working Group, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the U.S. – Indonesia Aviation Working Group, Jakarta. Minister Jonan Ignasius, Director General Suprasetyo, Indonesian aviation officials and stakeholders, and of course our U.S. company representatives. I am delighted to be be here today.  As we approach the one year anniversary of our first U.S.-Indonesia Aviation Working Group event, I ...
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Peace Corps Swearing In, Kediri, East Java

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Peace Corps Swearing In, Kediri, East Java. Ibu Suharto from the Ministry of Education and Culture, Representatives from Kediri and from STAIN Kediri, Peace Corps Country Director Nina Favor, Surabaya CG Heather Variava, Volunteers, ladies and gentlemen, Selamat pagi! I am really delighted to be here to be able to ...
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Celebration of the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Celebration of the 240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta Coordinating Minister Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister Ramli, Minister Rudiantara, Minister Pudjiastuti, Minister Husin, Minister Lembong, my wonderful fellow Ambassador Nina Hachigian, fellow Americans, friends, welcome to America’s Independence Day celebration! This year’s theme is “working ...
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Spirit of Cooperation Event, Residence of the Governor of South Sumatra

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Spirit of Cooperation Event, Residence of the Governor of South Sumatra Governor Noerdin, Governors of other Sumatran Provinces, other distinguished guests, welcome to this celebration of Cooperation between the United States of America and Sumatra! While our Consulate is in Medan, the title of this event says it all.  It ...
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Ambassador Blake on the Environment at Sekolah Menengah Umum, Sumatra Selatan

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on the Environment at Sekolah Menengah Umum, Sumatra Selatan Governor Noerdin, principal, faculty, students, ladies and gentlemen. It is a pleasure to be here at Sekolah Menengah Umum, Sumatra Selatan.  Thank you for your kind invitation to talk to you today about the importance of protecting our environment.  If I have ...
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Raden Saleh Mansion, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Raden Saleh Mansion, Jakarta Selamat pagi. It is with great pleasure that I’m able to be here this morning with all of you, especially: Mr. Hari Widianto, Ministry of Education and Culture Dr. Alexander Ginting, Cikini Hospital Mr. Catur Laswanto, Head of Tourism and Culture Agency, Jakarta Provincial Government ...
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IPMI International Business School’s American Culture Month in Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the IPMI International Business School’s American Culture Month, Jakarta Good morning.  It is my great pleasure to be back here at IPMI International Business School’s American Culture Month.  Thank you to IPMI, especially Jimmy Gani and Dana Afriza, for all of your efforts in putting the American culture month together. ...
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Launch of HELP App, @America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Launch of HELP App, @America, Jakarta Selamat Siang. Selamat Hari Kartini. It is very fitting that we gather today to talk about an extraordinary project that exists to help women. We know Ibu Kartini was progressive for her time and that she recognized how critical education and increased access to ...
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Rescuing Trafficked Fishermen in Eastern Indonesia event, @America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Rescuing Trafficked Fishermen in Eastern Indonesia event, @America, Jakarta Welcome to @america and thank you all very much for coming today. I would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Yunus Husein from the Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries, who is representing Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, who could ...
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“Foreign Policy in the Jokowi Administration” at the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on “Foreign Policy in the Jokowi Administration” at the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club My fellow panelists, Members of the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club,  distinguished guests Thank you for the invitation to join this panel and provide the United States’ perspective on foreign policy in the Jokowi administration. When President Jokowi was ...
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Launch of Phase 2 of Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Procurement Modernization Project

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Launch of Phase 2 of Millennium Challenge Corporation’s Procurement Modernization Project Minister of Public Works Hadimuljono Bappenas Deputy Minister of Foreign Funding Wismana Suryabrata; Governors of Central Kalimantan, Maluku, and Gorontalo; Assembled Bupatis and Walikota; The Head of LKPP, Agus Prabowo; Our moderator Pak Reifeldi, Human Development Director at LKPP; ...
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Trade and Indonesia’s Emerging Digital Economy, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blaka at Trade and Indonesia’s Emerging Digital Economy, Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta Rector Rika, Dr. Made Arsana, thank you for the invitation to speak today.  It is a pleasure to be here at UGM, one of Indonesia’s finest universities.  I am here in Yogyakarta today because our two governments are meeting under ...
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Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process, Bali

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process, Bali Distinguished Delegates, On behalf of the United States, I would like to thank our Co-Chairs, Indonesia and Australia, for organizing this Sixth Ministerial Conference of the Bali Process and complement our hosts on providing us with a forum for a truly substantive ...
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East Java Governor’s Office, Surabaya

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at East Java Governor’s Office, Surabaya Governor  Soewarko and distinguished delegates, I am delightful to be here in East Java with a delegation of US businesses.  This is the 6th of these that I have led.  We have also had the opportunity to have delegations visit Medan, Balikpapan, Batam, Jogjakarta, and ...
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“Experiencing Islam in America: Women” at @america, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at “Experiencing Islam in America: Women” at @america, Jakarta Welcome to @america.  I want to thank our distinguished speakers for being here today: The Executive Director of the Habibie Center, Rahimah Abdulrahim, Vice Rector of Sunan Kalijaga State Islamic University and OIC Human Rights Commission head Siti Ruhaini Dzuhayatin and author ...
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Inaugural Workshop on the Fire Free Village, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Inaugural Workshop on the Fire Free Village, Jakarta Special Envoy Witoelar;  President Director Bayu Krisnamurthi Pak Anderson Tanoto; Pak Tony Wenas Conference participants I am honored to join this inaugural workshop on the Fire Free Village model. A problem as big as forest and land fires requires solutions from all ...
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EducationUSA Fair, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at EducationUSA Fair, Jakarta Good afternoon. It is my great pleasure to be here today to open the first of three EducationUSA Indonesia Fairs, which is part of the larger EducationUSA Fair tour through Southeast Asia. Tomorrow the fair will continue to Surabaya and then to Medan on Thursday.  I am ...
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The 4th Anniversary of American Corner at University of Tanjungpura, West Kalimantan

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the 4th Anniversary of American Corner at University of Tanjungpura, West Kalimantan Rector Thamrin Usman, Governor Cornelis, vice rectors, faculty, government leaders, students, and friends. I am delighted to join you today to open the “Kampung America-Indonesia” event in order to celebrate the 4th anniversary of the American Corner at ...
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Panel Discussion “What’s Next After Paris Agreement”, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake for Panel Discussion “What’s Next After Paris Agreement”, Jakarta Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar and other distinguished guests I appreciate the opportunity to share our perspective on the Paris Agreement and what comes next. Assessing the Paris Agreement The U.S. enthusiastically welcomed the Paris Agreement, which was a very high priority for ...
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Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, @America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing, @America, Jakarta Pak Ota from the IUU Task Force; Shinto Nugroho from Google Indonesia; Aditya Utama Surono from MDPI;m Our MC  Dr. Arif Satria, Dean of Human Ecology at the Bogor Agricultural Institute (IPB), Good afternoon and welcome to @america! We are delighted to ...
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Ormu Village Lestari Project, Papua

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Ormu Village Lestari Project, Papua Pak Basah Hernowo, BAPPENAS, Gustavo Toto, Ondoafi (Head) of Ormu Necheibe village, Daniel Toto, Northern Cyclops Head of Customary Community (Dewan Suku Adat), Mathius Awaitauw SE, M.Si., Bupati of Jayapura District, Jan Jap L. Ormuseray, SH. M.Si, Head of the Department of Forestry, Papua Province, ...
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The Launch of USAID Lestari Forestry Project, Papua

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Launch of USAID Lestari Forestry Project, Papua Governor Enembe Ir. Basah Hernowo, Bappenas Senior staff and leadership of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry Papua provincial government officials Distinguished guests Good afternoon and thank you for this opportunity to join you today. It is my honor to participate in ...
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IPMI Graduation, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the IPMI Graduation, Jakarta Thank you for that kind introduction.  I would also like to say thank you to my friend Jimmy Gani, Executive Director and CEO of this institution, and Dean of the Business School, Professor Roy Sembel for the invitation to speak here today. To the graduates — Congratulations to ...
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Announcement of $250 Million USAID Environment Program, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Announcement of $250 Million USAID Environment Program, Jakarta Good afternoon and thank you for taking the time to learn more about the U.S. Government’s new efforts to support Indonesia’s rich and diverse natural environment. Many of you have reported on the U.S. Government’s huge investments in Indonesia’s environment sector through ...
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FPCI’s Panel “Syria: A Multilateral Approach”, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the FPCI’s Panel “Syria: A Multilateral Approach”, Jakarta Thanks to Ambassador Djalal, Pak Heru and the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia for organizing today’s event focused on one of the very highest priorities facing the international community, namely ending the Syria conflict and eliminating the threat to all of us ...
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English Access Microscholarship Graduation, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the English Access Microscholarship Graduation, Jakarta Selamat siang!  Good morning!  Today I have the pleasure of congratulating you, 122 Access graduates, here in Jakarta. We have many people to thank.  First the teachers and staff of the Center for Civic Education in Indonesia for their dedication to helping you reach ...
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Studium Generale UIN, Bandung

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at UIN, Bandung UIN Rector Dr. Mahmud, faculty, students, ladies and gentlemen, Good morning everyone. It is a pleasure to be here at this wonderful institution. I want to thank the UIN leadership for this valuable opportunity to speak on two subjects of great importance, how trade can help Indonesia meet ...
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Marine Pollution, @America, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on Marine Pollution, @America, Jakarta Pak Veriady from the Ministry of Environment and Forestry; Dr. Nasirin, Jakarta Fisheries University; Ms. Delphine Robbe, Gili EcoTrust; Ms. Ni Wayan Riawati, Bali Watu Foundation, Our MC Ms. Dila Karinta, Miss Scuba Indonesia 2015 Runner Up. Welcome to @america to a really exciting program on ...
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Room to Read Literacy Event, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Room to Read Literacy Event, Jakarta Selamat pagi, good morning!  I am delighted to be here with you to launch the Jakarta Literacy Forum, hosted by an organization with which I have been proud to have a long and fond history, Room to Read. I first came into contact ...
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Wind Power Forum, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Wind Power Forum, Jakarta Director General for New and Renewable Energy Rida Mulyana, UNDP Country Head Christophe Bahuet, Chairman of BPPT Unggul Priyanto, I am delighted to be here at this important event.  A special thanks to the Forum organizer National Project Director WHyPGen Andhika Prastawa. With the Paris ...
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USABC Mastel MOU Signing, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on USABC Mastel MOU Signing, Jakarta Pleasure to be here today with Minister Rudiantara, Alex Feldman, and Pak Kristiono to witness this new partnership between US-ASEAN Business Council and Mastel. 11 days ago President Obama and President Jokowi elevated our relations to a strategic partnership, President Jokowi announced Indonesia’s intension to ...
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Elevating the US-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, Hawaii

Remarks by Ambassador Blake on Elevating the US-Indonesia Strategic Partnership, Hawaii Many thanks for hosting me today. It is wonderful to be back in beautiful Hawaii and to have a chance to speak about the progress of U.S.-Indonesian relations following President Jokowi’s visit to Washington and meeting with President Obama earlier this week. To set ...
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Opening Ceremony of Judicial Cooperation Event, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Opening Ceremony of Judicial Cooperation Event, Jakarta Selamat pagi.  Good morning Ladies and Gentlemen. I would like to thank Chief Justice Hatta Ali and Associate Justice Takdir Rahmadi who have kindly invited me to attend this important event this morning. I would also like to acknowledge and welcome the ...
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Lockheed Martin F-16V Event, Jakarta

Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Lockheed Martin F-16V Event, Jakarta Good afternoon everyone. Thanks to Lockheed Martin for the invitation to attend this event today to demonstrate the F-16 cockpit simulator The U.S. and Indonesia have a strong and growing partnership that the visit of President Jokowi to Washington will clearly demonstrate. One pillar ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Study in the U.S. with LPDP Presentation at @america, Jakarta

Good evening. Selamat malam.  Welcome to @America! I am pleased to see so many enthusiastic potential graduate students who are interested in studying in the United States.  Thank you for spending your evening to learn more about our universities. Pak Eko, from LPDP, thank you for being here.  LPDP is a valued partner in our ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the MOU Signing Between USAID and Perkumpulan Sawit Lestari (PSL), Jakarta

Ms. Shinta Kamdani of KADIN, Representatives of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Representatives of the IPOP Signatories, Distinguished Guests, I am delighted to be here today to witness this signing between PSL and USAID. The signing of the Indonesian Palm Oil Pledge at the United Nations Climate Summit in September 2014 represented a significant private ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Signing of MOU to Open the Aceh EducationUSA Center at @america, Jakarta

Good afternoon, selamat sore everyone, and a special welcome to: Vice Governor Muzakir Manaf, Rector Farid Wadji, Wali Nanggroe, other esteemed guests from Aceh. And the rest of our audience, many of whom I understand are originally from Aceh but are now residing in Jakarta. Today, it’s my pleasure to welcome you to @america for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake to Open @America Program on Aceh’s Road to Development, Jakarta

Good afternoon, selamat sore everyone, and a special welcome to: My good friend Wali Nannggroe Malik Mahmud Aceh’s Development Planning Agency (BAPPEDA) Head Abubakar Karim Greenomics Aceh Coordinator Elfian Effendi Other panelists, ladies and gentlemen. I’m happy to be here this afternoon for this important discussion of how to balance forest protection in Aceh while ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia Conference on Climate Change, Jakarta

Minister of Environment and Forestry Siti Nurbaya Bakar, Climate Envoy Rachmat Witoelar, Climate Change Steering Committee Chair Pak Sarwonon Kusumaatmadja, fellow Ambassadors, Pak Dino Patti Djalal, distinguished guests, I appreciate the opportunity to address this gathering on the importance of acting on climate change.  I thank the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia for organizing this ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at UNPATTI, Ambon

Distinguished delegates, representatives, and students – thank you for inviting me to Universitas Pattimura today. One of our most important objectives all over Indonesia is to expand our education cooperation by encouraging more Indonesian students to study in the U.S., urging more Americans to come here, and helping to catalyze partnerships between U.S. and Indonesian ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Launch of the U.S Power Working Group to Support Indonesia’s 35 GW Power Generation Goals, Jakarta

PLN President Director Basir ESDM Minister Sudirman Said Representatives of American companies, Ladies and gentlemen, good morning.  Let me add my own warm words of welcome to all of you to today’s workshop. Let me first thank Minister Said and PLN Director Basir for their leadership and their presence here today.  Let me also welcome ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Coral Triangle Sustainable Marine Tourism Conference, Bali

Welcome Distinguished Ministers, delegates, development partners, and friends – selamat pagi! Good morning! It is my pleasure to welcome all of you gathered here today on the beautiful island of Bali to map the future of the Coral Triangle as a sustainable marine tourism destination. This is an endeavor that the United States Government is ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the @America International Youth Day Event (08/14/15)

Selamat siang and good afternoon.  On behalf of the U.S. Embassy, welcome to @america. A special welcome to our distinguished guests today: Mr Esa Sukmawijaya, from the Ministry of Youth and Sports Mr. Douglas Broderick, UN Resident Coordinator Mr. Jose Ferraris, UNFPA Representative International Youth Day is a wonderful opportunity for us to recognize the ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the YSEALI “Teaching Vulnerable Youth in Unconventional Settings” Symposium

Selamat pagi!  I appreciate very much this opportunity to speak to all of you today on the importance of teaching vulnerable youth in unconventional settings. I want to extend a warm welcome to Minister of Education Anies Baswedan. Anies brings a unique combination of knowledge, experience, and passion to his Ministry, one of the most ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Solidarity Center Conference, Bogor

Distinguished guests, I am delighted to have the opportunity to address this distinguished audience on a subject of such importance to us all.  Let me thank you for your participation in this very important conference. I would like to thank David Welsh of the Solidarity Center’s Jakarta Office, Solidarity Center Executive Director Shawna Bader-Blau and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at an Iftar Dinner, Padang, West Sumatra

Governor of Western Sumatra Irwan Prayitno, Mayor of Padang, Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian Institute of Sciences (LIPI), BPPT Executive Secretary, Distinguished military officials,Scientists from LIPI, the Earth Observatory of Singapore and IPGP in France, Representatives from the Schmidt Ocean Institute, Captain and crew of the Falkor, On behalf of the U.S. government, I would ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia Conference, Jakarta

Doctor Dino Patti Djalal Director General Dian Triansyah Djani (Kemlu) Mr. Kelvin Tio (Director Asian Agri) Mr. Omar Anwar   (Director PT Nomura) Ms.Sinta Sirait, moderator Let me first congratulate the Foreign Policy Community of Indonesia and my good friend Dr. Dino Patti Djalal for this ambitious conference, and for his efforts to start a robust ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the U.S.-Indonesia Aviation Working Group Launch, Jakarta

Minister of Transport Ignasius Jonan, Director General Suprasetyo, Indonesian aviation officials and stakeholders, and of course our U.S. company representatives, First of all let me thank Minister Jonan and other friends at the Ministry of Transportation for hosting this U.S. Aviation Day.  Minister Jonan suggested this event back in April when we signed the MOU ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Transformasi Cities Forum, Jakarta

Minister Rudiantara Mr. Mathew Lefevre, Executive Director of the New Cities Foundation Mr. Nugroho Weinarto, Executive Director of Transformasi Jonathan Pincus, President of the Rajawali Foundation Distinguished officials, Mayors, and friends from around Indonesia I am very pleased to join you today at the Tranformasi Cities Forum.  Congratulations to Jakarta for being the first Asian host ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the International Workshop on Democracy and Innovation in Good Governance, Jakarta

Foreign Minister Marsudi, Ambassador Andayani, Ambassadors, distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Selamat pagi! Let me add my own warm welcome to Jakarta and to this workshop organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the U.S. Government’s Agency for International Development, the Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the Non-Aligned Movement Centre for South-South and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Celebration of the 239th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Jakarta

Friends, my fellow Americans, welcome to America’s Independence Day celebration! We are celebrating a month early to respect the holy month of Ramadan, but today we remember the revolutionary Congress meeting on July 4, 1776 in Philadelphia that issued America’s “Declaration of Independence” that changed the course of modern history. Pledging their “lives, . . ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Celebration of the 239th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America, Medan

Governors, Wali Nangroe, other distinguished guests, welcome to this celebration of the 239th anniversary of the Independence of the United States of America! A particularly warm welcome to the Wali Nangroe who I had the honor of accompanying on a visit yesterday to see a Rohingya refugee camp in north Aceh and the wonderful support that ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Launch of the Indonesia Science Fund, Jakarta

Dr. Bambung Brodjonegoro, Minister of Finance Dr. Andrinof Chaniago, Minister of National Development Planning Dr. Muhammad Nasir, Minister of Research and Technology/Higher Education Dr. Bruce Alberts, Former U.S. White House Science Envoy to Indonesia Australian Charge D’Affaires David Engle I am delighted to be here for the launching of the Indonesia Science Fund. I would ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Al-Azhar University, Jakarta

Rector Sardy Dr. Hidayat Yorianta, Director of International Affairs Office Mr. Nazaruddin Nasution, moderator Thanks to Al-Azhar for this valuable opportunity to speak on a subject of great importance, namely how trade can help Indonesia meet its economic goals.  President Jokowi has set out an ambitious agenda to increase Indonesia’s economic growth and to reduce ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake on Maritime Observation Collaboration

Minister Indroyono Soesilo (if present), Director General of BMKG – Pak Andi Eka Sakya, Director General of BPPT – Pak Unggul Priyanto (if present), Colleagues from the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Distinguished Indonesian officials, scientists, researchers, and students It has been just over a month since I saw many of you at ...
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Remarks by Deputy Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Civil Society, Youth Leadership, and Democracy in Southeast Asia, Jakarta

Remarks Antony J. Blinken Deputy Secretary of State @America Jakarta, Indonesia May 20, 2015 All right, good afternoon. It is wonderful to be here at @america with all of you, and I want to start by thanking our Ambassador Bob Blake, first of all for his very kind words of introduction but much more important ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the World Intellectual Property Day Workshop, Jakarta

Selamat siang and warm welcome to Stephen Jenner and Neil Gane from MPA, the Motion Picture Association Dennis Adishwara from Layaria Network Makeup artists Reza Pramesworo and MM Earlene Warm welcome to other makeup artists and filmmaking enthusiasts. It gives me great pleasure to participate in this event promoting intellectual property in the filmmaking community. ...
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Intervention by Ambassador Blake at the Asian-African Summit, Jakarta

Asian-African Summit 2015 April 22-23 Intervention by Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Head of Delegation I would like to extend my deep appreciation to His Excellency President Jokowi for inviting the United States to observe the historic 2015 Asian-African Summit and the Commemoration of the 60th Anniversary of the 1955 Asian-African Conference. Indonesia is an ideal host ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at “A Breath of Fresh Air: How Air Quality Affects Your Health”‎, Jakarta

Special welcome to our panelists today: Dr. Andy Eka Sakya, Director General of BMKGMinistry of Environment and Forestry Assistant Deputy for Mobile Sources Air Pollution Control Dasrul Chaniago Dr. Budi Haryanto, University of Indonesia Dr. Frank Lee, Hong Kong Polytechnic Achmed Safruddin (Pak Puput) Director of KPBB A warm “Earth Day” welcome to all of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Launch Ceremony for RAMA Maritime Observation and Analysis Mission, Jakarta

Acting Executive Secretary of Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs Mr. Asep Djembar Muhammad, representing Minister Indroyono Soesilo – who I know is a strong supporter of oceanographic research, and long-standing partner with NOAA, particularly on ocean-climate observation Chairmen of BMKG and BPPT Friends from KKP Colleagues from NOAA Distinguished scientists and researchers I am delighted ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at UIN Walisongo, Semarang

An American Education is Within Your Reach The Rector of UIN Walisongo Professor Dr. Haj Muhibbin,other distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen,    Good afternoon. It is my great pleasure to be here today at American Corner, UIN Walisongo as part of my first trip to Semarang. I’m frequently asked: what do I admire about Indonesia?  ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Diponegoro University, Semarang

“The Future of the U.S. – Indonesia Relationship” Rector of UNDIP, Professor Dr. Sudharto, Professor Hadi; distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen, Thank you for inviting me to Diponegoro State University.  Thank you, Professor Hadi, for that introduction.   I’m so very honored to visit UNDIP today to talk to Indonesia’s future leaders! This is a very ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Lombok Community Recycling Center, Lombok

Governor of West Nusa Tengara Zainul Majei, Mayor of Mataram H Ayar Abduh, Vice Mayor Fauzan Khalid (also PMI Branch Chairman), H. Mesir Suryadi, PMI Chairman, NTB Province H. Mohan Roliskana, the PMI Chairperson for Mataram City Ritola Tasmaya, PMI Secretary General Tom Alcedo (Country Representative American Red Cross) Giorgio Ferrario (Head of Delegation of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the “Dangerous Mercury: Creative Solutions to Reduce Its Use in Small Scale Mining” Presentation, Jakarta

Special welcome to our panelists today: Ms. Lana Saria from the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources; Deputy Minister for Hazardous Waste and Solid Waste Management Ilham Malik.Director of Technology Center for Mineral Resources Dr. Yudi Prababangkara, Mr. Tim Mac Hansen, Counselor for Development, Danish Embassy, Ms. Budi Susilorini, Executive Director of Blacksmith Institute I ...
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Speech by Ambassador Blake at the Commemoration of USS Houston, Sunda Strait

Admiral Williams, Commander Foley and the men and women of the USS Sampson, Australian Ambassador Grigson, First Admiral Choky Hutabarat, First Admiral Rasyid Kacong, Mr. Dana Charles, representing the relatives of the USS Houston sailors, I am delighted to be here for this important commemoration. Let me first recognize and thank the Indonesian Navy for ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Phase II Cyber Defense Seminar, Jakarta

Director General of Defense Potential, Ministry of Defense, Dr. Timbul Siahaan; Major General Yoedhi Swatanto, Rear Admiral  Amri Husaini, Air Vice Marshall Bambang Agus Margono, RDML Nancy Norton, Director for Command, Control, Communications, and Cyber, (J6) USPACOM, other distinguished guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, I am delighted to be here to help open this important second ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Leuser Ecosystem Presentation, Jakarta

I’m happy to be here tonight with Gov. Zaini and representatives of civil society to discuss the future of Leuser. We have had the privilege of hosting many discussions at @america about Indonesia’s biodiversity, wildlife trafficking and climate change. Tonight’s program with Governor Zaini and other experts will touch on all of these important topics ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake in Palangkaraya, Central Kalimantan

Deputy Governor of Central Kalimantan Achmad Diran, Bupati Eddy Pratowo, Bupati Katingan, the representative of the mayor of Palangkaraya, the representative of the Governor of Central Kalimantan. Ladies and Gentleman, thank you for your warm welcome. This is my first visit to Central Kalimantan, and I am looking forward to hearing about the wonderful work ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Workshop to Combat Illegal Wildlife Trafficking, Bogor

Mr. Sony Partono, DG for Forest Protection and Nature Conservation; ladies and gentlemen I am so pleased to welcome such a broad range of Government experts, representatives from non-governmental organizations, universities and other stakeholders to this workshop to develop an a joint Indonesia-US action plan to combat illegal wildlife trafficking! There is growing awareness around ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the MOU Signing Ceremony Between University of Florida and University of Indonesia, Depok

“Educational Partnerships and Collaborations for the 21st Century” MOU Signing Ceremony Between University of Florida and University of Indonesia   Vice Rector Chalid Dr. Priadi Dean Silver Dean Villalon Faculty, students, ladies and gentlemen, I appreciate your kind invitation to be here today at UI to witness the MOU signing between the University of Indonesia ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Jakarta Fisheries University, Jakarta

Coordinating Minister Maritime Affairs Indroyono Soesilo, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries Susi Pudjiastuti, MMAF Director General of Human Resource Development  Dr. Sukoyono, President Jakarta Fisheries University Tatang Taufiq Hidayat, Mr César Grillón, Paraguay Ambassador Jakarta Fisheries University Cadets &Teachers, JFU Students dialing in from Sidoarjo (East Java), Bitung (North Sulawesi), Sorong (Papua), and colleagues ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Justice Sector Integrated Workshop for Biodiversity Protection, Jakarta

Dr. Hatta Ali, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court; Prof. Dr. Takdir Rahmadi, Head of the Supreme Court Environmental Working Group; Dr. Ridwan Mansyur, Head of the Supreme Court Legal Bureau and Public Relations; Mr. A.K. Basuni Masyarif, Deputy Attorney General for General Crime; Mr. Warsa Sutanta, Head of the Attorney General’s Office Environment Task ...
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Ten Years Later: ‘Build Back Better’ Together

On this day ten years ago, a 9.0 magnitude earthquake in the Indian Ocean triggered a devastating tsunami, taking the lives of an estimated 170,000 Indonesians in Aceh Province.  Today in Aceh during a remembrance ceremony, I joined Indonesian leaders, and members of the international community to collectively take a moment to recognize the strong, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the AmCham Annual General Meeting, Jakarta

AmCham President Brian Arnold Outgoing Managing Director Andrew White Incoming Managing Director Lin Neumann AmCham Board of Governors AmCham membership I am honored to speak today at the American Chamber of Commerce’s Annual General Meeting.  This meeting falls at an opportune time.  It marks my own one year anniversary, during what turned out to be ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at US-Indonesia Investment Summit, Jakarta

Coordinating Minister Soesilo Deputy Foreign Minister Fachir Pak Basri Pak Suryo and Pak Sofjan, Assistant Secretary Kumar private sector representatives from Indonesia and the United States distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen I am delighted to be here and want to extend a special congratulations to KADIN, APINDO, the American Chamber of Commerce Indonesia, and the ...
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Indonesia’s Successful Democratic Transition Adds New Momentum to US-Indonesian Relations

Veteran foreign policy sages agree that the world is facing an uncommon period of instability and challenges from Ukraine, to Iraq, Syria, Central African Republic, the Ebola emergency, and many more. The recent election of Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo as Indonesia’s next president, marking the first democratic transition in Indonesia from one directly elected leader ...
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Statement by Principal Officer of U.S. Consulate Medan Robert Ewing at SECNAV Reception on USS Davis, Medan

Admiral Marsetio, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus, Governors, the Captain and crew of the Rodney M. Davis, distinguished guests. This is a big night for U.S. – Indonesian naval cooperation as we celebrate two major milestones: the visit of our Secretary and our first ship visit in 5 years. So welcome to all of ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) Seeds for the Future Grant Competition Awards Ceremony, Jakarta

Selamat malam. Welcome to @america! I am so pleased to have the opportunity to congratulate these outstanding grant recipients and to speak to what we hope will be future grant winners in the audience. The Seeds for the Future grant competition is part of the Young Southeast Asian Leadership Initiative (YSEALI) that President Obama launched ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at United Celebral Palsy Event, Jakarta

Good morning. Ibu Heni and Michael Allen of United Cerebral Palsy, Sri Lestari, diplomatic colleagues, ladies and gentlemen, Let me begin by congratulating Sri Lestari for her extraordinary accomplishment.  She has shown remarkable strength, resilience and determination. She is inspiration to the rest of us.  Sri is a leader and a role model for all ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at UIN Syarif Hidayatullah, Jakarta

Rector Prof. Dr. Komaruddin Hidayat, Vice Rector Dr. Jamhari Makruh, and Director of International Office Dr. Yeni Ratna Yuningsih, I am honored to have this opportunity to visit the University of Sharif Hidayatullah, one of Indonesia’s most respected institutions of learning.  I appreciated your invitation to visit UIN, a university committed to advanced learning and ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Asia Regional Civil Society Experience Summit, Jakarta

Minister Natalegawa, United Nations Resident Representative Douglas Broderick, ladies and gentlemen, Let me add my own warm words of welcome to the Asia Regional Civil Society Experience Summit, which the USG through USAID is very happy to co-sponsor with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the UNDP, The Asia Foundation and Kemitraan. Want to particularly thank ...
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Speech by Ambassador Blake at the Institute for Quranic Studies, Jakarta

Thank you for this wonderful opportunity to visit the Institute for Quranic Studies, one of Indonesia’s most respected institutions for advanced Quranic education. The world faces today an unusually wide series of challenges, perhaps none more pressing than that posed by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, which is seeking to spread hate ...
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Statement on the Ministerial Meeting of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Sixth Annual Global Forum, Bali

Thank you very much, Mr. High Representative. I also wish to commend the Government of Indonesia for hosting the Global Forum in Bali, a beautiful island that represents the spirit of Indonesia’s national motto of Unity in Diversity, “Bhinneka Tunggal Ika.”  This noble concept is the same one that we are pursuing in the UN ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Global Health Security Agenda Press Conference, Jakarta

On behalf of the United States Government, I would like first to thank Minister of Health Dr. Mboi, Minister of Agriculture Suswono and the Government of Indonesia for hosting this important GHSA Conference and for its leadership in global efforts to advance health partnerships to prevent, detect and respond to a range of infectious disease ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Indonesian Diaspora National Convention, New Orleans

Congrats to organizers and thanks for the invite. You are a key constituency because you are unique bridge-builders having succeeded in both Indonesia and America. Many of you have expressed your interest in giving back and helping build US-Indonesian relations.  Thank you!  We accept! Here are a few ways you can help: Establish contact with ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake on Coral Triangle Initiative at UNIPA, Papua

I’d like to start out by thanking the rector of UNIPA, Dr. Mofus, the Dean of Veterinary Medicine, Faculty of Marine & Fisheries, Dr. Warsono, and representatives from Conservation International. I’m delighted to be here to visit the university and highlight the work of the Indonesian Biodiversity Research Center. Under the Comprehensive Partnership, the U.S. ...
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Speech by Ambassador Blake at Jambi University

Dr. Tasman, rector of the University of Jambi, faculty members, and students, thank you for the warm welcome. Selamat siang bapak-bapak dan ibu-ibu! It’s good to see some friends from the press here today too. I am really delighted to be here at Jambi University. I presented my credentials to President Yudhoyono earlier this year, ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Indonesia, Africa, and Middle East Workshop on Good Governance

Ambassador Wardana, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs; Ambassador Esti Andayani, Director General for Information and Public Diplomacy; Ms. Siti Nugraha Mauludiah, Director for Technical Cooperation, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Ambassadors and Embassy representatives from Egypt, Iraq, Liberia, Libya, Mozambique, Sudan, The Gambia, Tunisia, Madagascar, Yemen, and Palestinian Territories; Donor colleagues, ladies and gentlemen. Let me ...
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Under Secretary Sewall’s Remarks at the Multilateral Wildlife Trafficking Workshop in Bogor

As Undersecretary for Civilian Security, Human Rights, and Democracy, I am pleased to be able to participate in this workshop for a number of reasons. I oversee the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), which has long partnered with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Indonesian Attorney ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake in Panel Discussion at Open Government Partnership Asia-Pacific Regional Conference, Bali

“Keeping an Open Mind – Perspectives from Other Regions” I am honored by this opportunity to address all of you today on the subject of the United States’ progress toward government openness, and I congratulate President Yudhoyono, Pak Kuntoro and the Indonesia team for organizing this important conference. We are very proud of President Obama’s ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at Pesantren Muhammadiyah Al-Mujahidin, Balikpapan, East Kalimantan

School headmaster Pak Rimun, student speakers, ladies and gentlemen, I am delighted to be here at Pesantren Muhammadiyah Al-Mujahidin Today, the U.S. will observe the 44th annual Earth Day, viewed as the anniversary of the birth of the modern environmental movement.  Earth Day this year takes on even greater prominence because President Barack Obama has put global environmental ...
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Ambassador Blake’s Remarks at the GIST Bootcamp

It’s an honor to be here today to celebrate the conclusion of the successful Global Innovation through Science and Technology (or GIST) Indonesian Boot Camp for innovators. The U.S. Department of State’s GIST initiative is committed to identifying and supporting young entrepreneurs in the fields of science and technology, to help them – that is ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks at LSU-USBI Partnership Launch

Bapak Putera Sampoerna, Founder of PSF and Sampoerna Strategic and family, Rector Aman Wirakartakusumah, Dean of USBI, Dean Richard Koubek, Dean of the LSU School of Engineering, and all of our US businesses, dignitaries, students, esteemed guests, ladies and gentlemen, it is a pleasure for me to be here to witness the signing of an ...
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Ambassador’s Remarks on U.S. Innovation + Entrepreneurship at UPH

“U.S. Innovation and Entrepreneurship”  Thanks to Universitas Pelihan Harapan, and specifically John Riady, for the invitation to address the students and faculty. Warm thanks also to Rector Dr. Parapak and President Dr. Liu for hosting my visit today. I would like to speak about U.S. innovation and entrepreneurship. In today’s globalized world, all countries are ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the U.S.-Indonesia Commercial Dialogue Intellectual Property Policy and Innovation Roundtable

Selamat pagi Deputy Minister Rizal, Ibu Widya and distinguished guests. It gives me great pleasure to participate in this roundtable event to provide an opportunity for intellectual property stakeholders to exchange information and best practices. I want to commend the Ministry of Trade, Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, as well as other ministries for supporting ...
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Remarks for the Second Ministerial for Cooperation Among East Asian Countries for Palestinian Development (CEAPAD II)

I want to thank the Indonesian government for hosting this conference and express our appreciation to Indonesia and Japan as the co-chairs.  This conference is taking place at a critical time during the current Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. President Obama looks forward to hosting the visits to Washington later this month of Prime Minister Netanyahu and President ...
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Remarks by Ambassador Blake at the Public Service Announcement Competition on Counterfeit Medicine and Cosmetics at @america

Selamat siang and a warm welcome to Pak Roy from the Indonesian National Agency for Drug and Food Control, Ibu Widya from the Indonesian Anti-Counterfeiting Society, our friends in the government and the private sector, and students from local universities. Here at @america, we love to help develop partnerships that advance our shared objectives. Today ...
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