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Jakarta Post

Challenges and future of diaspora network

  • Amorisa Wiratri


Perth   /   Fri, August 9, 2019   /  10:47 am
Challenges and future of diaspora network The United Nations Department of Economics and Social Affairs estimated around 3 million Indonesian diasporic members in 2013 and Dino claimed 6 million. In 2015, the IDN stated there were around 8 million Indonesian diaspora members globally. (JP/Budhi Button)

Last June, I had the chance to take part in the annual meeting of Australia’s Indonesian Diaspora Network (IDN) in Perth. The presidents of IDN Australia were all present, representing almost all states in the Northern Territory and Tasmania, where chapters are still nonexistent. The Indonesian Consulate in Perth also invited officials from the Foreign Ministry, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and Law and Human Rights Ministry to share their programs related to the Indonesian diaspora. Ambassador Yohanes Legowo and Consul General Dewi Tobing addressed the opening, attended by nearly 100 members of Indonesian diaspora communities. The IDN was initiated by former Indonesian ambassador to the United States Dino Patti Djalal in November 2012, aiming to connect all Indonesian diaspora members around the world and help contribute to the country’s development through capi...

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