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Obama to open Indonesian diaspora forum next month

  • Indra Budiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, June 12, 2017   /   04:08 pm
Obama to open Indonesian diaspora forum next month In this file photo, Barack Obama wipes his tears as he speaks at McCormick Place in Chicago, Illinois, United States, on Jan. 10, giving his presidential farewell address. (AP/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Former United States president Barack Obama is set to make a visit to Jakarta early next month, during which he is going to open the 4th Indonesian Diaspora Congress, held by Indonesia Diaspora Network Global (IDNG).

Dino Patti Djalal, chairman of IDNG's board of trustees, said Monday that Obama is expected to deliver a keynote speech on the first day of the event, which is set to be held at Kota Kasablanka Mall in South Jakarta from July 1 to 4.

"We don't know what the theme will be of Obama's keynote speech, but we have proposed two main themes to him: globalization and pluralism," Dino told reporters.

The speech is expected to be Obama's first in Asia since he left office in 2016.

(Read also: Obama writes back to 9-year-old Indonesian girl in US)

Of 3,500 seats, 1,500 have been reserved by guests, while the remaining 2,000 are open to the public.

The topic of diaspora contribution to development at home will take center stage during this year's diaspora congress, which will be attended by more than 6,000 Indonesians living abroad. (ipa)