Shanghai World Expo to let world know Indonesia today: official

10:48, April 17, 2010      

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Indonesia plans to show agricultural tools, music instruments, about 150 different clothes from all over the country, traditional and modern music, and other goods and culture performances in the Indonesian pavilion for Shanghai World Expo 2010, said an Indonesian trade ministry official in an interview with Xinhua on Friday.

"The theme of Shanghai World Expo is Better City, Better Life. So we are showing to the world our culture and heritage that is connected to the environment problems, and we are showing of that the environmental issue has been a heritage of our culture, and we have been continually executing the closeness of culture and nature," said Dea Sudarman, special advisor on priority programs to the Minister of Trade.

She took the agricultural tools as an example, saying that Indonesian people had been cultivating the land in an artistic way with simple agricultural tools. That is to say, when Indonesia shows those tools, it is showing the country's nature, agriculture and art.

Meanwhile, Sudarman said that they would show its music instruments, as well as traditional folk music, modern jazz music and download music in the pavilion, which would show the country's past, present and future.

"I do not want to elaborate too much, because then it will be no surprise. But I think the Indonesia pavilion is very interesting. We are introducing our culture, our music, and our opportunities of investment, trade and tourism," Sudarman said.

The Indonesian pavilion was within the Zone B of the Expo site, covering around 4,000 square meters. It has a theme of Indonesia Biodiver City. The pavilion represents a diversified but growing and creative nation.

Housed in the four-story pavilion are, among other things, a performance stage, an auditorium and a multi-media theater, which will collectively facilitate a lively presentation covering nature and people's daily life in Indonesia, its rich land and marine resources, as well as its diverse cultural heritage.

One of the most attractive highlights of Indonesian pavilion could be the sculpture of Zheng He on the second floor. Sudarman said that Zheng He represented the long history of relationship between China and Indonesia. She said that in the year of the 60th anniversary of the diplomatic relationship between China and Indonesia, Indonesia wanted more Indonesians to know how China is today.

In that case, Indonesia Ministry of Trade was working with the country's largest airlines Garuda Indonesia, which would make special package trip, cheaper in fare with hotel, so as to " encourage Indonesian people to visit China and see how China was changing today". She predicted that at least 100,000 Indonesian people would visit the Expo.

Sudarman revealed that a big drum would stand beside Zheng He in the pavilion, which shows the specialty of Indonesian Islam. " Zheng He brought the drum to Indonesia. And now, in all the Islamic countries, only Indonesia uses drum to call for prayers," she said.

Outside the building, there would be another 2,200 square meters of space for Indonesia in the Expo site, Sudarman said, "It is a self-built pavilion, so we have our landscape, which is garden, tropical garden, with coconut trees, everything. So I hope it's attractive to the Chinese community."

Indonesian pavilion was designed by a group led by Budi Lim. " Deliberately, he designed the pavilion without a door. The pavilion is open, that is symbolizing Indonesia is open, Indonesia is open for business, Indonesia is open for relationship, Indonesia is open for ideas, Indonesia is open for investment. The symbol is openness," said Sudarman.

She hoped that the openness would bring investment, trade and tourists to Indonesia. "We hope there will be more investment from China, more active trade with China, more tourists from China, and the world of course. Because the whole world will be in Shanghai," she said.

"At the World Expo, we are letting the world know Indonesia today. We want to say to the world that Indonesia is OK, Indonesia is open to business".

The Shanghai World Expo 2010 will open from May 1 to Oct. 31.

Source: Xinhua


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