INDONESIA TOUTS STANDING AS LEADER IN DEMOCRACY

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Ambassador to PNG cites recent free elections

PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, August 24, 2009) – Indonesia, PNG’s nearest neigbouring country has been recognised as one of the three biggest democratic countries in the world and has played a leading role in solving the global crisis.

Indonesian Ambassador Bom Soerjanto proudly announced this during a reception he hosted last Thursday evening to commemorate the 64th anniversary of Indonesia’s independence.

"Today, thank God that internationally Indonesia has been recognised as one of the three biggest democratic countries in the world. Generally speaking, Indonesia has also been appreciated for the recent safe-democratic parliamentarian and presidential elections," Mr. Soerjanto told distinguished guests including the PNG Defence Force Commander Peter Ilau, the Australian High Commissioner Chris Moraitis and other diplomats, businessmen and other attendants.

Soerjanto said it had been 11 years since the monetary crisis but the reformation of Indonesia had taken place, securing better conditions in every aspect of Indonesian national life.

He told the guests that the nation achieved proportional self sufficiency on food to meet its own needs and even experienced a food surplus after the procurement of world food needs.

During the middle of the global financial and economic crisis, Indonesia has been one of the few countries capable to achieve about 4.5 per cent of its economic growth.

The country has managed to cut the poverty rate from 16.7 per cent in 2004 to 14.1 per cent in March 2009.

The unemployment rate has also decreased from 9.9 per cent to 8.1 per cent in February of 2009, Soerjanto said.

He said Indonesia had also been actively taking part and playing a significant role in solving the global financial crisis.

"Pertaining to its role, Indonesia is not only sitting as a member of G-20, but also taking part in solving other regional and international problems," he said.

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