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Jakarta Post

Indonesia launches international assistance agency

  • Apriza Pinandita

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, October 18, 2019   /  08:18 pm
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Wall of fame: Vice President Jusuf Kalla (center), flanked by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi (second left), Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati (second right), Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir (left) and National Development Planning Agency (Bappenas) chief Bambang Brodjonegoro (right), speaks to reporters about the newly launched Indonesian Agency for International Development (AID) at the Pancasila Building in Jakarta on Friday.(Courtesy of/Foreign Ministry)

Vice President Jusuf Kalla launched on Friday the Indonesian Agency for International Development (Indo-AID), a body set up to manage an endowment fund for international assistance that is expected to pave the way for greater contributions to global peace and welfare. As a country that is continually climbing up the ladder of economy, Kalla said it was important for Indonesia to build partnerships with other countries and help those that are in need, particularly through what he calls “helping hand diplomacy”. "Global peace will be created if the economy [of each country] is improving. An agency like this is an important thing nowadays,” he said in a speech at the Foreign Ministry complex in Pejambon, Central Jakarta. “It's not enough for us to only be a beneficiary [of aid]; it's time we think about what we can give and not what we can get.&...