Amanda Lawrence is an intern working with the U.S. Commercial Service to support the Education Mission to Indonesia and Vietnam.
Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sanchez (left) meets with Suryadharma Ali, Indonesian State Minister of Cooperative and Small and Medium Enterprises (center) and U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Scot Marciel (right). (Commerce Dept. photo taken April 3, 2011)
Today is the first day of the Education Mission to Vietnam and Indonesia. As of this morning, all 56 schools had arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia. There is a clear excitement in the air about the upcoming events. To officially kick off the mission, the Putera Sampoerna Foundation hosted a welcome reception for all the participants at the Sampoerna Strategic Square. The Putera Sampoerna Foundation provides scholarship, training and support for future Indonesian leaders and is a key partner in for the Mission to Jakarta.
Approximately 200 people attended the welcome reception, including trade mission participants, alumni of participating schools, Sampoerna Foundation members, and U.S. government officials. Ambassador Scot Marciel
, U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, welcomed everyone to Indonesia. Under Secretary for International Trade Francisco Sánchez
also spoke at the event and stressed the importance of U.S. and Indonesian educational ties and partnerships. After discussing the schedule of the week’s events, everyone took the opportunity to mingle and meet the other guests. The reception was a great way to welcome the schools to Indonesia and allow participants to network.