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Promotion of economic diplomacy between Indonesia and Kuwait

Her Excellency Lena Mariana
Ambassador of Kuwait, Republic of Indonesia

On December 22, 2022, Kuwait’s new Indonesian ambassador, Lina Mariana, presented her credentials to Kuwait’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mishal Ahmad Al Javert Arsaba. Ambassador Mariana, the first female envoy from Asia to Kuwait, recently conducted a brief interview with Times Kuwait (TTK). During the meeting, Ambassador Mariana shared relevant information on Indonesia’s foreign policy and its important role in the World, Region and Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).

TTK: What are your main supporters in office to further improve your country’s relationship with Kuwait?

Ambassador Mariana: Indonesia’s foreign policy priorities are to improve economic diplomacy, diplomatic protection, sovereignty and nationality, and to strengthen Indonesia’s important role in the region and the world.

TTK: What are your top priorities in promoting Indonesia in Kuwait?

Ambassador Mariana: Economic diplomacy focuses on integrated investment as well as strengthening domestic and traditional markets, promoting trade, and encouraging foreign investment.

The main key to improving protected diplomacy is the existence of a nation in protecting foreign citizens. To follow up on the success of the country that revolutionized the idea of ​​protection and innovation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has set three goals. Rebuilding migration governance for safe, orderly and regular migration. Focus on crisis precautions through education and community empowerment.

TTK: What is the relationship between Indonesia and ASEAN?

Ambassador Mariana: Indonesia’s contribution and leadership in the region and the world will be carried out in various forums. In 2022 Indonesia will chair the G20. In addition, Indonesia will chair ASEAN in 2023. Indonesia’s priority in the International Forum is to advocate regional and global cooperation for the promotion and protection of human rights. And build the capacity of developing countries to respect, promote and protect human rights through international cooperation.

TTK: How important is Indonesia to ASEAN and to its contribution to ASEAN?

Ambassador Mariana: Union (ASEAN is a regional organization located in Southeast Asia. ASEAN was established on August 8, 1967, with five states: Indonesia, Thailand, Singapore, Malaysia, and the Philippines. Currently, ASEAN has 10 member countries. There is. The founder of ASEAN is to improve the lives of people reflected in the economic and cultural development of Southeast Asia, social progress, regional peace and security. ASEAN is arguably the most developing world. A permanent and successful regional group.

TTK: Indonesia is currently chairing ACK, what are your expectations for diplomatic missions, policies, especially activities?

Ambassador Mariana: The ASEAN Community Kuwait (ACK) was established on December 31, 2015, based on the three pillars of the ASEAN Social and Cultural Community, the ASEAN Political Security Community and the ASEAN Economic Community. Indonesia is currently chairing ACK and will chair it for six months. We hope that in this short period of time, Indonesia, supported by all the representatives of ASEAN, will be able to carry out some activities that will highlight the sense of unity as a large family in ASEAN.

TTK: How many Indonesians are there currently in Kuwait, and what is their current work situation?

Ambassador Mariana: The number of Indonesians in Kuwait is about 6,000. This number is still dominated by domestic workers. We thank the Indonesian government for stopping the dispatch of domestic workers to the MENA region. The second largest profession for Indonesians in Kuwait is nurses. We are currently in the process of sending medical staff from Indonesia to work in Kuwait. Other Indonesians work as experts in the oil and hospitality sectors.

TTK: What was the impact of COVID-19 on Indonesians employed in Kuwait?

Ambassador Mariana: The pandemic has adversely affected many countries, including Kuwait. In 2020, when the pandemic broke out, many Indonesian workers returned to their hometowns. But now, workers from Indonesia (some new workers) are returning to Kuwait. Regarding the number of Indonesians infected with COVID-19, 348 people have been infected with COVID from the beginning of the pandemic to the present day, and some of them have been infected multiple times. The latest status is as follows. Five were self-quarantined, 329 recovered, and 14 were infected with the virus.

TTK: Will Indonesia open a new work section for the public in Kuwait?

Ambassador Mariana: We hope that more Indonesians will come and work in Kuwait in the near future, as professional workers, or at least semi-skilled workers.

Ambassador Mariana was born in Jakarta and is married to three children. She was a lecturer at the Tarbiyah Faculty of LAIN Syarif Hidayatullah in Jakarta from 1989 to 1991. From 1991 to 1996, she was Senior Manager of the World Bank Project and Director of Regional Development, Ministry of Interior, Republic of Indonesia. She was a resource assistant from 1996 to 2001,

World Bank Project, Directorate General of Regional Development, Ministry of Interior, Republic of Indonesia. 1997-1999: Representative / member of the National Council of the Republic of Indonesia. From 2001 to 2004, he was an advisor to the Cooperatives of the Republic of Indonesia and the Minister of the Ministry of Small and Medium Enterprises, and from 2006 to 2018, he was a representative / member of parliament, committee I and a member of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia. Ambassador Mariana is Kuwait’s politically appointed ambassador.

Staff writer

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