Lima, Peru: In order to promote Indonesia in Latin America, the Indonesian Embassy in Lima in collaboration with the National University of San Marcos held a webinar with the theme of international relations after the Covid pandemic. The activity which was attended by around 60 (sixty) participants consisting of ambassadors from friendly countries, diplomats, and students from Indonesia and Peru was followed through media zoom and broadcast live through the San Marcos University Facebook channel, on July 8, 2020.

The Indonesian Ambassador in Lima, Marina Estella Anwar Bey, in his opening speech expressed his hope that the activity could provide an overview to participants who were in Indonesia and in Peru about changes in relations between countries and regions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was realized that during the pandemic, there were a number of countries cooperating to deal with Covid-19, but there were also countries which had become more protective of their political and economic policies.

This was confirmed by Dr. Siswo Pramono, Head of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Policy Research and Development Agency, who was the speaker in the webinar. Dr. Siswo revealed that after the Covid pandemic, major countries such as the United States, United Kingdom, and China, made significant political and economic policy changes that caused many companies to want to relocate their factories to other countries in the Asian region, including Indonesia. This will certainly make the Asian Region remain the center of economic gravity, coupled with the demographic bonus of the productive age of the people.

The seminar with the National University of San Marcos is the second time working together with the Center for Asian Studies managed by Professor Carlos Aquino. Perspectives from the Asian region, especially Indonesia, according to Professor Aquino will certainly add insight to academics and stakeholders in the Latin American region. (Source: Indonesian Embassy in Lima)

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