Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Maxima Visited Indonesia and Met Holland alumni
Dito Alif Pratama
On Monday (09/03) King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands and his wife Queen Máxima arrived in Jakarta's Halim Perdanakusuma Airport and were greeted by Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartanto and one of our Holland alumni, Foreign affairs Minister, Retno Marsudi. Their majesties King and Queen were welcomed with a floral necklace and flowers for the three-days state visit to the Republic of Indonesia from 10 to 12 March 2020.On their visit, King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima were accompanied by foreign minister, Stef Blok; Foreign trade and development minister, Sigrid Kaag; and infrastructure and water management minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen; and other over 130 Dutch Business delegations. On the first day of the visit (10/03), The King and the Queen visited Bogor Presidential Palace, West Java and welcomed by President Joko Widodo and his Wife, Iriana Joko widodo. In their press briefing, President Jokowi said’ "Indonesia has a strong commitment to strengthen bilateral relations with the Netherlands.“A relationship that respects sovereignty, integrity, territory, mutual respect and mutual benefit”the President said.Meanwhile, King Willem-Alexander was very pleased with Indonesia’s warm welcome during his visit. According to him, this is an opportunity to improve cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands.“This is a good opportunity to work together for future relations between Indonesia and the Netherlands. Therefore, I am very grateful that most of the Dutch cabinet was also represented with me here today“ said King Willem-Alexander.Their discussion may step up the partnership between Indonesia and the Netherlands even further, since the purpose of this state visit is to reaffirm the close, wide-ranging relationship between the two countries and will be geared towards future cooperation, especially on the economy, nature conservation, culture, science and the many ties that exist between the peoples of Indonesia and the Netherlands, based in part on their shared history. King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima continued their visit to the Pipiltin Cocoa chocolate factory, an inclusive business, a bean to bar, chocolate company from Indonesia which is founded by Utrecht alumni, Tissa Aunilla.To their Majesties King and Queen, Tissa explained "Indonesia is the third largest cocoa bean producer in the world, yet the domestic market is flooded with imported chocolate, so I started Pipiltin Cocoa, with my brother, Irvan Helmi, to introduce single origin premium chocolates of Indonesia. I committed to source cocoa ethically from smallholder farmers in Indonesia’s Bali, Aceh, Flores, East Java, and West Papua. Direct sourcing allows Pipiltin Cocoa to support the sustainability of cocoa farming by working with farmers to promote sustainable practices. Tissa Aunilla saidHolland Alumni in Indonesia are a great asset in enriching the bilateral cooperation, knowledge and cultural exchange and trade relations between Indonesia and the Netherlands. The network is very diverse in terms of age, geographical location, academic background and professional expertise. We have senior legal, financial or technical experts, journalists, professors and researchers, officials at different levels of government all over Indonesia, but also young enterpreneurs in startups, artists and designers in the creative economy. Our Alumni network grows with more than 500 Indonesian students returning from their studies in the Netherlands back to Indonesia every year.