President Jokowi Hosts Gala Dinner of 2023 AIS Forum High Level Meeting
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Tuesday (10/10) hosted a gala dinner for the 1st High Level Meeting of the 2023 Archipelagic and Island States (AIS) Forum at Bali International Convention Center (BICC), Badung regency, Bali province.
President Jokowi, who wore a long-sleeved batik outfit, arrived at the BICC at around 18:30 Central Indonesian Time. President Jokowi then welcomed the guests consisting of leaders and delegates of the Archipelagic and Island States countries as well as international organizations participating in the summit and took photos with each guest before entering the banquet area.
In sequence, the President welcomed Deputy Prime Minister of Tonga Samiu Kuita Vaipulu, Deputy Prime Minister of Fiji Manoa Seru Nakausabaria Kamikamica, Prime Minister of São Tomé and Principe Patrice Émery Trovoada, President of Micronesia Wesley W. Simina, Prime Minister of Tuvalu Kausea Natano, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste Xanana Gusmao, and Prime Minister of Niue Dalton Emani Makamau Tagelagi.
“Welcome to Bali. Welcome to Indonesia, to the first high level meeting of the AIS Forum Gala Dinner,” the President said in his remarks.
President Jokowi also expressed appreciation for the AIS Forum, which he believes can enhance cooperation among the Archipelagic and Island States members.
“Because ocean is our life. Ocean unites our people. And, ocean provides many resources that we have to manage in a responsible manner,” he said.
At the end of his remarks, President Jokowi invited members of the AIS Forum to continue to enhance friendship among the Archipelagic and Island States countries.
“Let us flourish our friendship and please enjoy the evening,” he remarked.
During the dinner, the guests were treated to a variety of food from several regions in the country and were entertained with performances from a number of Indonesian musicians including Yuni Shara, Novia Bachmid, Mirabeth, and Olivia Pardede, Indahkus, Wizzy and Teza Sumendra, Gery Gerald Glen and Joey Penny, and Wika Salim. (FID/UN) (FI/MUR)