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CONGRESS OF INDONESIAN DIASPORA (CID)
”THE POWER OF HARMONY IN DIVERSITY.
LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER, LOS ANGELES, CA, 6-8 JULI 2012
Today, there are approximately more than 150,000 Indonesian as well as Americans of Indonesian descent living in the United States. The number could be up to millions people if we add up all Indonesians and Indonesian descent living all across the world. They come from different ethnicities, religions, level of economy and level of education. They have different ideas, different skills and potentials. These are Indonesian Diaspora who can be a real economic and social force.
In the past, we have never been focused on the wide and diverse spectrum of the Indonesian Diaspora across the globe. Since our nation‟s independence we have yet to define a clear vision for these vibrant and diverse Indonesian communities around the world. Indeed, we have yet to fully embrace the concept of “Indonesian Diaspora” in our national conscience. It is becoming increasingly clear, however, that we can no longer afford to overlook the importance and promise of the Indonesian Diaspora in the 21st century.
Today, the new paradigm for the Indonesian Diaspora must recognize that every Indonesian living overseas can be a tremendous social and economic asset to our country and play a pivotal role in shaping its future. In tandem with online social networks and other advances in communications technology, a strong network of Indonesian Diaspora can advance mutual respect and understanding as well as promote trade and investment between Indonesia and their respective countries of residence.
Acknowledging the importance of the new paradigm of Indonesian Diaspora as well as the potentials of Indonesian diaspora as social and economic forces, the Indonesian Embassy in Washington, DC with the support from Indonesian Consulate Generals in the US is organizing Congress of Indonesian Diaspora (CID), as a forum to connect and unite Indonesian Diaspora in the US and in other parts of the world.
Congress of Indonesian Diaspora (CID) will be held on July 6th to 8 2012 in Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California. CID will be a landmark event that can create a paradigm shift in what it means to be part of the Indonesian Diaspora in the 21st century.
The primary goal of CID is to strengthen and elevate this network of Indonesian Diaspora communities around the world. It also aims to inspire Indonesian Diaspora worldwide to connect and to unite themselves into one big community and create a tangible force in economic, social and cultural areas. Further, the event also aims to foster and implement concrete initiatives to empower Indonesian communities worldwide.
The Congress is expected to generate a final product of “Diaspora Declaration” that articulates what it means to be part of the Indonesian Diaspora and how the Indonesian Diaspora can contribute to Indonesia‟s success in the 21st century. The declaration will include the way forward for Indonesian Diaspora.
What’s in it?
The event will feature inspirational speakers and interactive discussions on variety of topics. Some of the topics of discussions are “Entrepreneurship and Making Career Choices”; “Education and Innovation, Creative and Knowledge Economy: Ideas from Diaspora”; “Citizenship Issues: Legal Status, Dual Citizenship, Raising Diaspora Children”; ”Doing Business in the US/outside Indonesia; “Promoting Indonesian Culinary”; “Indonesian Students”; “Marketing of Indonesia‟s Signatures”; “Immigration and Citizenship Regulations”; “Pluralism, Democracy and Good Governance for Indonesia”; “Creating Jobs and Forming Business in Indonesia” and other related topics.
Some of the speakers that we are planning to invite will include Indonesian Minister of Tourism and Creative Economic, Dr. Mari Elka Pangestu; Minister of Education and Cutlure, Muhammad Nuh; President of Marvell Technology Group, Dr. Sehat Sutardja, CEO and Managing Director of Indorama Group, Om Prakash Lohia, and other figures related to the topics of discussion.
As side events, there will be a food bazaar/culinary, exhibition and job fair. The CID program will also include cultural performances, art and music. These performances will be held at the opening, the Unity and Diversity concert in the second day, and at the closing session. We are also planning to invite some of Indonesian artists such as Anggun, and Denada and also Indonesian talents who reside in the United States. Los Angeles, July 6-8 2012 The committee will provide a pray room, first aid kit room for all participants and playground facilities/Kids Corner (restricted only during the time of the event) for participants who bring their kids.
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