2nd Indonesia-Ethiopia Student Correspondence Program (IESCOP), Public Diplomacy Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia H.E. Al Busyra Basnur in the Important Role of Young People from an Early Age.
I believe after 15 years. After 15 years we have to start blending it properly so it would be better if I take our current terminology to plant the seeds of the future in Ethiopia and also Indonesia or the future of the world and also know that they are now under 18 years old and We try, make communication between them and luck. So again, this is an investment for the future.
26 June 2021- Ambassador H.E. AL BUSYRA BASNUR
Okay, thank you very much. First, I want to tell you about myself. I really like and love Ethiopia. Work here. Get in touch with people and of course my career as a diplomat. I started working at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia starting in 1986, so I have worked in the service for over 30 years and, it has assigned me to many countries as a diplomat. My first assignment was in Manila, Philippines (1993-1996), and then served in Rome, Italy (1999 - 2004). and the third assignment is as Consul General of the Republic of Indonesia to the United States in the city of Houston, and now for the 4th assignment. I am here as Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Ethiopia, Djibouti, and concurrently with the African Union. In Indonesia, I work for many people. You know the directors and officers beside the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. I work as a special staff of President for international relations.
I did other special things from the President for international relations from 2004 to 2010, and before working as a diplomat, I was a journalist. You know, I started and I love my temporary profession as a journalist. I started working as a journalist and was appointed by one medium in Indonesia as a journalist when I was 18 years old. I was in the second level of high school, so I liked to write from a young age. Like short stories, I write novels, that's what I write, whatever is reported directly so why I think because I am very active in writing in newspaper media, and I am still at a very young age. Then I was appointed as a journalist and since then until now I continue to write. I keep in touch and keep in touch quite important work partly for the media.
Meaning I feed the media with news and with some articles. I am also a columnist and I have written two books. As of now, my most recent book is about Ethiopia.
I made the book in Indonesian. And I will translate it into English and hopefully, in August the English edition of my book on Ethiopia and what Indonesia has done in a career as a diplomat will be useful information in the future.
Leaving and a career as a diplomat and also, my background, as a journalist, is very difficult for me to separate. Maybe I can start again a little and be a diplomat as well as a former journalist, it's very difficult for me, to be separated black and white because I can see that my journalistic background really helps me to do my job as a diplomat, so that's my background.
Previously I also worked as director of public diplomacy in Indonesia at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, for five years. So people call me that kind of person who specializes in public diplomacy. And here, I created my first book on public diplomacy, so based on my experiences as a journalist, writer, and director of public diplomacy and I fully understand that I apply that public diplomacy in Ethiopia is one of my priorities.
How's the program today?
Now, we called this program the 2nd Indonesia-Ethiopia Student Correspondence Program (IESCOP), which is a correspondence program. We call it IESCOP. We set up this kind of program in Ethiopia. Because I really understand and really believe in the role of young people from an early age.
Very very important to improve.
OK, today we are hosting the second IESCOP. Ethiopian students correspond to the right program, The contribution is the second part of the first edition we have implemented, the first for Indonesian and Ethiopian student correspondence programs that we officially launched on April 8, 2021, So I believe it appears in my mind. Why should students, especially students from elementary school? And also high school?
As you know, we launched this program with my colleague. My partner, H.E. Molalign Asfaw, Director-General of Asia and Oceania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia. Together, We launched the program two months ago. On April 8, 2021.
This is his contribution.
This, in my opinion, is not only the first in Ethiopia but also the first in the world. I think the program is like this, why? Because if you look at many other programs in many other countries, usually most of the programs are organized between high school students or students in universities.
As far as I know, no country has tried to touch their children of all ages to make this program. So we did and I really appreciate the Ethiopian government, especially my colleague H.E. Molalign Asfaw.
And. I really understand the role of youth.
Every country or country in the world is very important for the future of future development, especially in world development.
We can see our children. From elementary school to middle school.
We opened communication to discuss and talk to each other and this is an investment. We invest in our youth.
I believe after 15 years.
After 15 years we have to blend it properly so it would be better if I take our current terminology to plant the seeds of the future in Ethiopia and also Indonesia or the future of the world and also know that they are now under 18 years old and We try, make communication between them and luck.
So again, this is an investment for the future.
., So he explained.,
Thank you, I say that I understand very well what the future means.
I took it, understood and believed that the role as I said, the whole use in our country is very important, and know each other that will be useful someday.
From different countries, it is very important and we push that we have to make their facilities. We have to build bridges to open windows with young people who may have to be friends and positive zones. That's why I arrived here on March 11, 2019.
21 June 2019, we established the Indonesian and Ethiopian Youth Association, on the same day we also organized the so-called Ethiopian-Indonesian Young Entrepreneurs Forum, the first such unprecedented so we organized it.
“Well, I hope all will go well”
After a few months, only about 4-5 months when I started my assignment here, I have a lot of friends. You know, many people use organizations here in Ethiopia that you know are my friends to this day, from the very beginning of my tenure here, that's what we call it.
This can be a useful combination.
The first, because I believe in the role of youth. Second, I observe that youth development in Ethiopia is quick and the prospects are big in the future. They have a very important role to take part in, help build this country. So I have a lot of friends. If you open a friend and we know that Indonesia and Ethiopia as a country that is known very well.
That's why I tried to build this bridge.
You know if we talk about youth today, not only in Ethiopia, not only in Indonesia but also in many other countries in the world, actually youth today have many problems and challenges regarding poverty and lack of education.
Lack of facilities or training, consultation and actually we understand that.
Youth, in my opinion, is not the object of development.
Youth must be government partners to build the country.
Yes, so many people tell us we have to expand our point of view and they mostly say it. They place youth as the object of development. In my mind, my commitment to use is not a deployment object. We are partners of the Government Department. So this, What I'm doing here, especially for over three years, I've been here. Youth is one of my priorities.
Thank God, ever since.
When launching this program, there were 100 Indonesian and Ethiopian students, and this morning, Saturday, June 26, 2021, I received information from my colleagues here that today there are around 250 people registered on the screen. Did you measure it? No, I'm not surprised.
I'm sure one participant will continue to do so. I mean to open up meetings and make friends with each other; I believe.
Previously I trusted over 100 people today. You know I always remind my colleagues here and also in Indonesia, especially us as organizers at the embassy well.
The first step is always very difficult.
To start. But we have to succeed. 1000 steps always start with the first step.
Very successful, a lot of challenges but we did it, and now the 2nd one.
Yes, cool, I'm very happy.
Because participants in Indonesia and participants in Ethiopia, they are now very happy and very active dynamic compared to the first. Frankly, first, little you know, we have to encourage them to talk blah blah blah, but now, I think I see over 40 participants from Ethiopia and Indonesia raise their hands. Wanted to tell them about themselves and their respective countries, but we couldn't accommodate them because we had very limited time. And for the third 3rd IESCOP event, we will hold it in August.
We will make it. Better.
from the second, and of course, I need support not only from the students, the participants but more importantly, the teachers and guardians.
Another thing I would like to share with other friends is that I have a lot of friends in Ethiopia. Not only that but also in many other areas, and most of them are the younger generation. You know they call me anytime anyone can call me because my number is scattered. I share my number with young people, students, and children, and sometimes they call me in the morning in the afternoon, sometimes even call at 1:00 AM after midnight.
It's not all for me. It's okay, that's what I want because, Friends formation is very important, not only in tradition. But all too if you do.
Thank you very much. See you later. Thank you.