Indonesian President delivers our Annual Address 2012
2 November, 2012
President Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of the Republic of Indonesia spoke on the topic of ‘Indonesia’s role as a regional and global actor’ at our second Annual Address in London.
Annual Address 2012
Friday 2 November 2012 (WP1198)
Our Annual Address 2012 was given by HE Dr Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia. President Yudhoyono spoke on the subject of ‘Indonesia’s role as a regional and global actor’ in the Locarno Suite at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, London.
The address, which was made on the record, falls on the final day of President Yudhoyono’s three day state visit to the United Kingdom, during which he and the First Lady were hosted at Buckingham Palace by Her Majesty The Queen and Prince Philip. This was the first state visit of a President of Indonesia since 1979.
The state visit came at a time when international public and commercial interest in Indonesia is on the rise. Indonesia, a vast archipelago of 17,000 islands has a population of some 240 million, making it the fourth most populous state in the world. It hosts a pluri-ethnic and multi-confessional population, and is the third most populous democracy in the world.
UK Prime Minister David Cameron visited Indonesia in April 2012. Indonesia’s economy has become one of the fastest growing in the world and the single largest in Southeast Asia. With developed nations struggling through the global recession, Indonesia has posted consistently high GDP growth rates since 2001. Indonesia is a member of the G-20, the G-77, the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC). It held a seat on the UN Security Council between 2007 and 2008.
President Yudhoyono is currently serving as the sixth President of the Republic. His adult life has been devoted to public service in Indonesia. President Yudhoyono served with distinction in the Indonesian Army for 27 years, attaining the rank of General. Between 1995 and 1996, the President commanded the United Nations Military Observers mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina.
After his military career, President Yudhoyono served as Minister of Mining and Energy and Co-Ordinating Minister for Political, Social and Security Affairs in the National Unity Cabinet under President Abdurrahman Wahid (2000-2001). Elected in 2004 and re-elected in 2009, President Yudhoyono remains the only President of Indonesia to be returned to office democratically after his first term. The President addressed UK parliamentarians, ambassadors from the diplomatic corps, policy-makers from across Whitehall, policy analysts, opinion leaders and academics as well as representatives from both non-governmental and commercial organisations. The address was covered by both print and broadcast media. The Annual Address was sponsored by the British United Provident Association Limited (BUPA).
This event formed yet another element of the association between us and the Republic of Indonesia. Over four hundred citizens of the Republic of Indonesia have attended conferences at Wilton Park since 1995. In September 2012, we convened a conference in Jakarta to discuss strategies to ensure the sustainability of Indonesian economic growth. During this event, our Chief Executive Richard Burge and the Head of Policy Analysis and Development Agency within Indonesia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Pitono Purnomo, signed a partnership agreement between the two institutions.
Our Inaugural Annual Address took place in November 2011 and was delivered by President Abdullah Gül of Turkey. President Gül addressed his audience at the Royal Society on the subject of ‘Historic transition in the Middle East and its impact on global politics’.