Embassy of India, Jakarta
Consulate General of India, Bali
Indian Embassy and it’s Consulate pitch for the Government’s new initiatives of Make In India, Digital India and Skill Development in Bali
In a move to further emphasize and project the merits of the Government of India’s flagship programmes of ‘Make In India’, ‘Digital India’ and ‘Skill Development’, the Ambassador of India to Indonesia and Timor Leste H.E. Mr. Gurjit Singh invited the audience comprising of the Governor of Bali, Senators, Senior Officials, eminent personalities, prominent businessmen, academicians, think-tanks and friends of India to avail of the opportunities of the programmes for the mutual benefit of the people of both countries.
Addressing the gathering on 27 July 2015 at Gedung Wiswa Sabha, Denpasar, the Ambassador mentioned that the ‘Make In India’ is a major national programme that aims at enhancing the manufacturing sectors’ contribution to India’s GDP. He invited the Indonesian companies to come to India and explore the opportunities in investing and manufacturing in India particularly in downstream manufacturing sectors like coal, palm oil and rubber which are exported to India in large volumes. He said that construction, including in Smart Cities, IT, automobiles and auto components could also be explored.
On ‘Digital India’, the Ambassador highlighted the Government of India’s push for greater internet connectivity and services for better governance and to empower the citizens. He said that Indonesia could learn from India’s vast expertise in e-governance which will make government services more efficient, easily accessible and hassle-free. The Embassy of India and its Consulates in Indonesia have taken enormous steps, including the launch of ‘The Rise of Digital India’ exhibition, in reaching out to the people of Indonesia and to inspire the younger generation.
Speaking about the ‘Skill Development’, the Ambassador said that the economic growth and social development of a country depends on the skills and knowledge of the population. He added that given the large workforce comprising of about fifty per cent of the population under 30 years, India and Indonesia should cooperate in imparting skill and entrepreneurial development. India will continue to support Indonesia in this endeavour by training of its officials and students through the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) programme, Technical Cooperation Scheme (TCS) of Colombo Plan and various scholarships. India has also set up Vocational Training Centres and IT Centres for capacity development and human resource training of Indonesians.
The Governor of Bali H.E. Mr. Made Mangku Pastika in his address thanked the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Gurjit Singh and the Consul General of India Mr. A.S. Takhi for promoting India-Indonesia ties and to build a strong foundation of relationship in Bali. Highlighting the commonalities between Bali and Haridwar-Rishikesh (Uttarakhand, India) in terms of social values and economic development, the Governor said that Bali and Uttarakhand could be developed as Sister provinces. The Ambassador said that the matter is already under consideration. The Governor thanked India for imparting skill development to the people of Bali through ITEC and Scholarship schemes.
On the important occasion, the Ambassador H.E. Mr. Gurjit Singh and the Governor of Bali H.E. Mr. Made Mangku Pastika jointly released the:
(i) Bahasa version of the CD of the book ‘India in Business’ published by the Investment and Technology Promotion Division of the Ministry of External Affairs of India. The CD is a comprehensive guide which will facilitate Indonesian businessmen by providing information on various aspects of investing in India including the state of the Indian economy, business environment, profiles of 25 key sectors with sectoral trends, summary of the market conditions, key pull factors and a blueprint of investment opportunities;
(ii) Book ‘India: Menulis Sejarah Masa Depan’. This publication is the Bahasa version of the book ‘India: Scripting Future History’ brought out by the Embassy. The book carries a snapshot of India’s polticial, social, economic, industrial and skill development, describing important initiatives in each sector and the road ahead.
Since January 2015, the Embassy and its Consulates have been organizing various events under the ‘Sahabat India: Festival of India in Indonesia 2015’. The events have been effectively used as a platform to promote the Government of India’s new initiatives among the audience. The Embassy and its Consulates will continue its endeavour in generating awareness and interest among the Indonesian Government functionaries, business circles and the local public to make these initiatives a success.
27 July 2015