Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Ukraine
Abstract. In this interview, Yuddy Chrisnandi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Ukraine, expresses his gratitude to every person engaged in celebrations of the 73rd anniversary of Independence of the Republic of Indonesia in Ukraine, in the course of which there was an exhibition of goods which can potentially enter the Ukrainian market.
The Ambassador pays much attention to the rejuvenation of economic and sociocultural cooperation. Ukraine has hosted more than 20 official visits of Indonesian delegations from various governmental agencies specialising in such realms as IT, pharmaceuticals, and food industry.
The Ambassador is of the opinion that the paramount task is to preserve friendship and cultural appreciation between our countries. Specifically, the Embassy has finished the construction of Indonesian pavilion and garden in the Hryshko National Botanical Garden. The curriculum for studying the Indonesian language at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv favours strengthening of contacts between the people of Ukraine and Indonesia.
One of the means of strengthening contacts and cultural cooperation between the two nations is to examine various opportunities for cooperation, namely through the establishment of sister cities in Indonesia and Ukraine. The Ambassador met mayors of big towns and heads of the administrative offices of regions of Ukraine to deepen regional cooperation in different domains.
The Ambassador is looking forward to enhancing cooperation in the spheres of management and tourism. Over the last two years, the number of Ukrainian tourists in Indonesia has doubled thanks to the non-visa regime for citizens of Ukraine. The Ambassador hopes that citizens of Indonesia who are eager to see Ukraine will have an opportunity to travel to the country without visas. Ukraine has many attractions to draw attention of Indonesian tourists, including its beautiful nature and rich history.
Keywords: Indonesia, Ukrainian tourists, Ukraine, Indonesian language, strengthening of contacts, visa-free regime.