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RI, Monaco forge ties through cultural diplomacy

  • Primastuti Handayani

    The Jakarta Post

Monte Carlo   /   Tue, April 26 2016   /  09:17 am
Indonesian heritage: Oscar Lawalata (second right) explains about traditional woven clothes to Prince Albert of Monaco (right), accompanied by the Indonesian ambassador to France, Monaco, and Andorra, Hotmangaraja Panjaitan (left), and Oscar’s mother Reggy Lawalata (second left) at the Fairmont Hotel in Senayan, Jakarta recently. (JP/Primastuti Handayani)(second right) explains about traditional woven clothes to Prince Albert of Monaco (right), accompanied by the Indonesian ambassador to France, Monaco, and Andorra, Hotmangaraja Panjaitan (left), and Oscar’s mother Reggy Lawalata (second left) at the Fairmont Hotel in Senayan, Jakarta recently. (JP/Primastuti Handayani)

Indonesian heritage:  Oscar Lawalata (second right) explains about traditional woven clothes to Prince Albert of Monaco (right), accompanied by the Indonesian ambassador to France, Monaco, and Andorra, Hotmangaraja Panjaitan (left), and Oscar’s mother Reggy Lawalata (second left) at the Fairmont Hotel in Senayan, Jakarta recently. (JP/Primastuti Handayani)Business jargon and statistics do not always guarantee a country’s success when inviting foreign investors. But music and fabrics may come in handy.

With a trade balance with Monaco that stood at US$579,100 in 2015, the Indonesian Embassy in France invited businesspeople in the small country to attend a gala dinner last Wednesday during which a Semarang-based orchestra performed and traditional clothes from the archipelago — a collection from designer Oscar Lawalata — were displayed.

Strong enthusiasm was felt...