KATADATA - If people are hoping to have a grandeur ceremony, then they will be disappointed. If people are waiting for a high-level courteous diplomacy, then they will also be disappointed. If honor is interpreted and made the same as the large size of the flag and the wide width of the red carpet and the high-ranking official that come to fetch the president, then people will find nothing like it.
All of the ceremonials are simple, quick, efficient, and functional. Jokowi is a humble, quick, efficient, and functional president. (Note: an official picked up Jokowi and the two of them talk alone, and he was being brought to a dining place in the US… IN A JAPANESE RESTAURANT… And not in any private room in the restaurant… The president is happy).
But, if the people are hoping for an in-depth discussion between the two countries’ leaders, then this visit is a great success: all of strategic aspects are being talked about in a warm and open manner: investments, economy, clean energy, climate changes, terrorism, democracy, up until the matter of people’s health.
If honor is interpreted and made the same as respecting each other, then President Jokowi’s visit has reaped a great respect there. Indonesia has asked the US not to interfere with sensitive government matter, and the US government follows. For example, about Freeport and Bioremediation Chevron case; there are no talks about them at all in all of the sessions, either with the US government or the business players.
Respect was also seen when the official talk between the two Leaders is done, President Obama invited President Jokowi to walk around the White House, that he even was brought to the housing area where President Obama and family lives. This is something that is rare to be done with Obama’s state guest. President Obama even spontaneously changed the plan and protocols from a farewell ceremony in the Oval Room to accompany President Jokowi and the whole delegates to the White House’s porch, which is very rare to do since President Jokowi and delegates passed through private corridor that no usual guests are permitted to enter. The private corridor is a connecting passage between President Obama’s residence and his office in the White House.
The most important thing is if people are hoping and expecting for real result from this visit, then they should appreciate these numbers: 14 business agreements were being signed, including 11 in the energy sector. Investment worth US$ 3.5 billion has been approved. US$$ 17 billion of business transaction has reached a deal. More than 250 business leaders in America, including the investors that have been in Indonesia for a very long time now, are all present in warm Gala Dinner event. 150 business leaders are present in the summit business event. Moreover, the President and the delegations are doing no less than 15 quality meetings.
In San Francisco, even though the President decided to return sooner than the schedule, he sent four ministers to continue the work visit. A number of business deal in the digital economy sector, which is led by Rudyantara, will continue to be operational, and will bring Indonesia to the next step in the digital economy sector.
Jokowi is a humble, quick, efficient, and functional president. Real results with real benefit for the people is much more meaningful than grandeur and enchanting ceremony but essentially empty.
In one short speech at Gala Dinner last night, the President appreciated the works of Steve Jobs that are user-friendly and full of simplicity. At the end of his speech, the President closes it by saying, “Simplicity is a reflection of intelligence. Only intelligent people like Steve Jobs that are capable of making complicated things into something simple.”
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