Governor-General Sir Patrick Allen received Letters of Credence from the Ambassador -Designate of the Republic of Indonesia to Jamaica, Dr. Nana Yuliana, in a ceremony on Thursday 28th October 2021 at King’s House.
In the ensuing cordial exchange, The Governor-General extended a warm welcome to Ambassador Yuliana, who is resident at Havana, Cuba, and will be concurrently accredited to four other Caribbean countries. Sir Patrick wished Ambassador Yuliana a successful tenure and asked that she convey his regards to the President, Government and People of Indonesia.
Dr. Yuliana shared that Indonesia continues to cooperate with Jamaica in cultural and educational areas, and that she has already established contact with the University of the West Indies Mona, given her interest in collaboration on the offering of short courses and scholarships to the PhD level.
The new Ambassador also expressed her delight on the warmth of our people and the beauty of Jamaica, noting the many similarities with Indonesians. “Your food is spicy and we [Indonesians] love spicy foods. We love the jerk… reggae music is popular in Indonesia,” Ambassador Yuliana said.
While citing the negative effects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Sir Patrick observed that it has brought with it the positive spin-off of technology, enabling efficient communication.
The Governor-General said that Jamaica looks forward to the continued strengthening of the Jamaica/Indonesia partnership. He also mentioned the upcoming COP26 Climate Conference taking place in Scotland in November, stating that he hopes it will propel humanity to do what it can to preserve our world for future generations.
Jamaica and Indonesia established Diplomatic Relations on 17th December 1981. There are 25 Indonesians nationals in Jamaica, with many serving as Missionaries of the Poor.
Ambassador Yuliana was accompanied by Mrs. Eni Hartati, Minister Counsellor, and Dr. Michael Banbury, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Jamaica.