Indonesia’s Tourism Minister, Arief Yahya, officially opened a range of exhibitions held in conjunction with the 60thcommemoration of the Asian African Conference on Sunday, 19th April 2015 at the Pre-Function Hall A of the Jakarta Convention Center (JCC), Jakarta.
Forming an inseparable part of the grand 60th Commemoration of the Asian African Conference, the exhibitions as a major side event, are also intended to promote Indonesia as a prime tourist destination.
They comprise 6 exhibitions, which are: The Exhibition of Indonesia South-South Cooperation, the Indonesia Heritage Exhibition, Investment Opportunities Exhibition, World Culture Forum Exhibition, Exhibition of the Asian African Conference 1955 Archives, and the Exhibition of Indonesia’s Finest Handicrafts and Traditional Drinks.
Minister Arief expressed the hope that the exhibitions will further introduce and promote Indonesia on a global scale. The exhibitions will also act as media to “relieve tension” for delegates from serious discussions and formal activities at the conference.
“The exhibitions will be the perfect medicine to relieve tension from official discussions and events held among the Asian and African countries” stated Minister Arief Yahya. He further explained that aside from the large number of meetings and other serious sessions taking place simultaneously, the exhibitions will provide a corner that will enliven the atmosphere from 19th to 24th April 2015.
The exhibitions feature booths and pavilions which allow all delegation members to view documentations of the 1955 Asian African Conference, the South-South cooperation archives, various unique Indonesian traditional handicrafts, and a lot more.
“The exhibitions feature several themes including the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (KSST) and Indonesia’s Heritage Exhibition which will showcase an array of Indonesian cultural heritage products such as batik, hand woven ‘tenun’ fabrics, Silver arts, jewelry, premium handicrafts, souvenirs, and a whole lot more. “The purpose of these exhibitions is also to promote Indonesia’s creative products to the rest of the world based on the country’s diverse cultures ” added Minister Arief.
The documentations of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation are some of the most interesting parts of the exhibitions since these are rarely shown to the public.
There will also be photographic exhibitions, documentation of the 1955 Asian African Conference, and various other collections. “The National Archives Team has archives that can take viewers back in time to 1955. These include black and white photographs featuring world leaders of the time, the Merdeka Building, the atmosphere at the historical conference, vehicles used, and more” added Arief Yahya.
Occupying a total space of approximately 80 square meters, the exhibitions are the collaborative work of the Ministry of Tourism, The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the State Secretariat, The Ministry of Finance, The Ministry of Health, and more.