IO, Jakarta – Singapore celebrated its 54th National Day on Friday, 9 August 2019. This year’s celebration was a special one as it marks the nation’s bicentennial milestone, i.e. 200 years since Stamford Raffles first arrived in Singapore. The theme of this year’s National Day was “Our Singapore”. The celebration in Jakarta was attended by Indonesia’s Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, ASEAN’s Secretary General, The Honorable Lim Jock Hoi, and the Governor of DKI Jakarta, Anies Baswedan, as well as ambassadors and representatives of friendly countries.
Ambassador of Singapore to Indonesia Anil Kumar Nayar observed that Indonesia and Singapore have in fact been helping each other for 200 years, from when Singapore was still called “Temasek”. “Indonesia and Singapore have made progress, both as neighbors and partners. The two countries have close relations at all levels, between the government, business and society,” Anil said in his address at the Singapore National Day Celebration held at the Shangri-La Hotel, Jakarta, on Wednesday night 14 August 2019.
Ambassador Nayar expressed his deepest gratitude to the Government of Indonesia for the closeness and good relations that they have been sharing. “We have a strong and growing trade and investment relationship. Our joint projects, including Kendal Industrial Park in Central Java and Nongsa Digital Park in Batam, are going well. They help to create new jobs for both Indonesians and Singaporeans,” he said.
Ambassador Nayar further stated that cooperation between the two countries in vocational training, skills upgrading, and Industry 4.0 have improved. Two countries cooperated in these fields to prepare their citizens to facing the future. “Singapore and Indonesia are mutually becoming one of the most frequent sources of tourist arrivals. As fellow founding members of ASEAN, Singapore and Indonesia also have a common interest in ensuring peace, prosperity and stability in our region,” he explained.
Singapore will host the next Singapore-Indonesia Leaders’ Retreat between Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Jokowi this October. “This retreat will be an opportunity for the two leaders to map new territories in order to deepen our mutually beneficial partnership,” he concluded. (Raihan)