New Zealand Embassy Jakarta, Indonesia

Sympathy and Condolences to New Zealand

Vice Presidential Office. Vice President Boediono received New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia David Taylor on Monday, 28 February 2011. “We extend our deepest sympathy and condolences to the people and Government of New Zealand over the recent earthquake, “the Vice President said. New Zealand Deputy Head of Mission Chris Langley also attended the meeting. The Vice President said that when an earthquake and tsunami struck Mentawai, the first group that managed to reach Mentawai was from New Zealand. “Your Excellency’s country came to our aid, “said the Vice President. “Thank you for the Indonesian government’s and people’s attention to us, “said Taylor, who has just been posted in Indonesia for eight months. Before being posted in Jakarta, Taylor has had diplomatic postings in South Korea, Malaysia, the United States of America, and Fiji.

A 6.3 Richter scale earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand, on Tuesday, 22 February 2011. The disaster had killed 145 people. The death toll could rise, as many people have been reported missing. “A great number of buildings and houses had been badly damaged. We have to build temporary shelters in safer areas, “said Langley.

Regarding the relations between the two countries, Taylor stated that the existing relations were very good. “We also offer scholarships to Indonesian students. Now, there are about 500 Indonesian students in New Zealand. “What about the living costs in New Zealand?” the Vice President asked. Taylor explained that the living costs in New Zealand were much lower than those in Australia.The Vice President welcomed the scholarship offer from the New Zealand Government. “The offer is in line with our focus on the young generation, “he said.

The improvements in education quality and in the access to education are very important to anticipate a population explosion predicted to transpire in 15 to 20 years from now. Indonesia will enjoy a demographic dividend, as the number of productive people will be higher than that of non-productive ones. But, without sufficient education, the demographic dividend could become a burden, as the work qualifications of human resources do not match with the labor market demands. (Bey Machmuddin, the Indonesian Vice Presidential Website)

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