State Visit to Indonesia 22–24 May 2017

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    King and Queen of Sweden Photo: Peter Knutson

Their Majesties King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia will pay a State Visit to Indonesia on 22–24 May 2017 at the invitation of President Joko Widodo. The Government will be represented by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström and Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson. The State Visit is an opportunity to strengthen the political, economic and cultural relations between Sweden and Indonesia in the long term. Trade, sustainability, research and innovation are the main themes of the visit.

Monday 22 May

Official reception ceremony
The State Visit will begin on the morning of 22 May with an official reception ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, where the King and Queen will be welcomed by President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Widodo. After the playing of the national anthems, the gun salute and the inspection of the guard of honour, the official delegation will be presented. The ceremony also includes signing the guest book, exchange of decorations between the two heads of state, a short stroll through the garden where they will see the statue “Hand of God” by the Swedish sculpture artist Carl Milles, a gift from the Swedish Government in 1957. The original is in Eskilstuna. Finally there will be a tree planting event.


The King and the President will also have a private talk on the Veranda, be present at the signing of bilateral agreements and each make a statement to the press. Following private discussions of their own, the Queen and the First Lady will attend an exhibition of Indonesian handicrafts.


State banquet
The reception ceremony will be followed by a state banquet at the Palace.


Seminar on the role of forestry for sustainable development
In the afternoon, the King and Queen will take part in a seminar on forestry and sustainability at the International Center for Forestry Research (CIFOR). They will be received by Director-General Peter Holmgren and his wife Ann-Sofie. CIFOR is a non-profit, scientific institution that conducts research on forest and landscape management around the world. Sweden is one of the four founding countries. After a presentation of the Center’s activities, the King and Queen will take part in a tree planting ceremony in the garden. This will be followed by a seminar on the theme of forestry, sustainability, packaging and wood, with participants from CIFOR, Swedish and Indonesian public authorities, and companies. The Minister for Infrastructure, Ms Anna Johansson, will represent the Swedish Government.


Tuesday 23 May

Wreath-laying ceremony
Tuesday will begin with a wreath-laying ceremony at the National Heroes’ Monument in Kalibata National Heroes’ Cemetery.


Afterwards, the King will take part in the closing award ceremony of a hackathon, with students from four prominent Indonesian universities, divided into eight teams. During a 24-hour period, the teams will have developed concepts within the Jakarta Smart City framework, which is intended to improve the traffic situation in Jakarta. At the end of the 24 hours, the students are expected to present a working demo. A panel of judges will then select a winning team.


Jakarta Creative Hub
At the same time, the Queen will visit the Jakarta Creative Hub. The Jakarta Creative Hub, which was launched on 1 March 2017, is a meeting place for young creators who wish to test new ideas and concepts in areas such as design, fashion and textiles. The premises also have space that start-up companies can rent for free or at very reasonable rates. After a tour and presentation of the Creative Hub’s various areas of activity, with the opportunity to speak with the young apprentices and creators, a seminar will be held focusing on young designers, entrepreneurship, internationalisation and innovation. The event has been co-organized with Jakarta Fashion Week and the Femina Group.


Visit to Kota Tua
The King and Queen will visit Jakarta’s old town, Kota Tua. They will be received at Fatahillah Square by the Governor of Jakarta, where mini-exhibitions of batik and wayang will be set up. After a short tour, the King and Queen will greet the President of the Volvo Club of Indonesia, followed by a lunch with the Governor and his wife..


Indonesia Sweden Executive Forum
During the afternoon, the King will take part in a high-level forum, the Indonesia-Sweden Executive Forum (ISEF), at which round-table discussions between business leaders from both countries will be held, with the participation of government ministers. Minister Anna Johansson will take part on behalf of Sweden. The aim of the Forum is to create a platform for continued cooperation, and to strengthen the relations between Indonesian and Swedish companies and institutions, with a view of increasing bilateral trade and investments in both directions. .


Visit to the vessel traffic management centre at Jakarta’s port
After the high-level forum, the King and Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson will visit Jakarta’s port, Tanjung Priok, and the vessel traffic centre Indonesia Port Corporation (IPC). Here they will be given an insight into Indonesia as a maritime and trading nation, and how Swedish technological solutions are used by the Indonesian port operator to ensure that the port’s vessel traffic is managed in an efficient and safe manner.


Study visit and round-table discussions on efforts to end violence against children

The Queen will visit a small local library, the Manggarai Community Library, to learn about how young people and activists with limited resources work to improve the situation for children, focussing on preventing and tackling violence against children. The Queen will have the opportunity to speak with young people from the Indonesian Youth on Violence Against Children Network (YNVAC) and youth volunteers from the community organisation Komunitas Jendela Jakarta.


After the study visit, the Queen will take part in a high-level round-table discussion with the Minister for Women’s Empowerment and Children, Yohana Yembise, other decision-makers from Indonesia and Sweden, youth representatives and representatives of stakeholder organisations on what can be done in each country to stop violence against children. Both Indonesia and Sweden are Pathfinding countries in the Global Partnership on Ending Violence Against Children within the 2030 SDG Agenda. The discussion will be moderated by Gunilla Olsson, UNICEF’s representative in Indonesia.


Decoration presentation ceremony
The evening programme will begin with a decoration presentation ceremony, where the King will present decorations to several Indonesian citizens to recognise their efforts to promote the bilateral relations between our two countries.


Tuesday will conclude with a reception hosted by the King and Queen. In connection with the reception, an exhibition will be displayed spotlighting Sweden from different perspectives, with focus on sustainability, innovation and creativity. Swedish music will also be played.


Wednesday 24 May – Bandung

For the third day of the State Visit the delegation will go by train to Bandung. On the journey from Jakarta to Bandung, the King and Queen will be given a presentation about Indonesia’s economic and political prospects from CSIS, as well as on nature conservation by WWF Indonesia. There will also be an opportunity to see Java’s famous and very beautiful rice terraces.


Bandung city
The King and Queen will be welcomed to Bandung by Mayor Ridwan Kamil. He will host a lunch on the detached veranda of his residence, and traditional Indonesian music, angklung, will be performed.


Following the lunch, the King and Queen will take a short walk to Alun Alun square, where the Mayor will introduce Bandung’s football team, Persib, and its fan club, the Bandung Vikings. The walk will then continue to the Museum of the Asian-African Conference, where 26 world leaders met in 1955 and founded what became the Non-Aligned Movement. The head of the museum will welcome the King and Queen and give a short presentation.


Bandung Institute of Technology
In the afternoon, the King and Queen will visit the Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB), which is one of Indonesia’s foremost higher education institutions. ITB offers technological and natural science programmes, and has more than 20 000 students. Several of the original buildings from the 1920s are still in use, and have a characteristic style that mixes traditional Indonesian architecture with western elements.


At ITB, the King and Queen and Minister Anna Johansson will meet representatives of Alumni Swedia, an alumni association for Indonesian students who have studied in Sweden. In connection with the meeting, the Swedish Institute and the Indonesia Endowment for Education (LPDP) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). A platform to connect alumni with Swedish companies and universities will also be launched by Alumni Swedia, in the presence of Swedish companies and the Swedish Institute.


Afterwards, the king and queen will join the second session of a seminar on ‘triple helix’ and innovation, a joint arrangement between ITB and Lund University. The Swedish Triple Helix model, in which cooperation between public actors, the business sector and universities has led to a positive innovation climate, has attracted a great deal of attention in Indonesia. The seminar will be opened by Viktor Öwall, Rector of LTH, at Lund University, and Minister of Bappenas, Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro. The Minister for Infrastructure Anna Johansson will deliver a speech and Ulf Ewaldsson, Senior Vice President and Head of Business Area Digital Services at Ericsson, as well as chair of The Royal Institute for Technology, (KTH), and Ilham Habibie, an Indonesian entrepreneur and researcher, will give presentations on triple helix cooperation from a business perspective. 2 MoUs will be signed. The rector of ITB will give the concluding remarks.  


The State Visit will conclude when the King and Queen leave Bandung for the trip back to Sweden.