The Jakarta Post
Indonesian Ambassador to Mexico Yusra Khan (center) attends the ASEAN Bazaar 2016 held by the ASEAN Committee in Mexico City (ACMC) at Parque Lincoln, Mexico City, on Dec.10. (Tempo.co/KBRI Mexico City)
Various Indonesian culinary delights and crafts were offered in the ASEAN Bazaar 2016 held by the ASEAN Committee in Mexico City (ACMC) in Parque Lincoln, a city park in the upper-class neighborhood of Polanco, Mexico City, on Saturday.
According to Febby Fahrani from the social and cultural division of the Indonesian Embassy in Mexico City, the Indonesian products were offered alongside other products from fellow ASEAN countries such as Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.
The bazaar was open to the public and was also attended by Mexican government officials, diplomatic corps and the media. The bazaar was an initiative of five ASEAN country ambassadors who were members of the ACMC, to strengthen the bond between the diaspora community from ASEAN who reside in Mexico City and its surroundings.
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Indonesian Ambassador to Mexico Yusra Khan said the bazaar was aimed to raise awareness of Mexican people about ASEAN as a community. The Vietnamese Ambassador, Le Linh Lan, who was also the second period chair of the ACMC echoed Yusra’s sentiments, adding that the bazaar also served as a fund-raising event for the ACMC’s activities.
According to Le Linh Lan, funds gathered from ticket sales would be used for social and community-related activities, which would bring Mexico closer to Southeast Asian nations.
The bazaar was officiated by Mexico City government’s international relations main coordinator Cuauhtemoc Cardenas Solorzano and the Miguel Hidalgo delegation head, Bertha Xchitl Glvez Ruiz. Both appreciated the efforts of the ASEAN representatives in introducing the regional community to Mexico, which would bring the nations closer.
The presence of ASEAN in Mexico City adds to the socio-cultural diversity of the megapolitan, which serves as home to almost 10 million people.
The main prize of the ASEAN Bazaar 2016 was a Mexico-Japan return ticket, sponsored by AeroMexico, which was won by Ana Maria Fernandez del Castillo, who was also eligible to extend the trip to Indonesia. The detour to Indonesia will be sponsored by Garuda Indonesia, as the result of collaboration by the Indonesian Embassy in Mexico with the national flag carrier.
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Yusra hoped that collaboration with the airline would eventually shorten the flight route between Indonesia and Mexico. The collaboration was also made to promote the code-sharing that both flag carriers shared under their Sky Team partnership.
Aside from the much-coveted prize, members of the ACMC also gave out souvenirs to the 2000 visitors who came to the bazaar to enjoy dance performances from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. (asw)