Patron: Her Excellency The Right Honourable Dame Patsy Reddy, GNZM, QSO, Governor-General of New Zealand

Indonesia: a new era under its President-Elect Joko “Jokowi” Widodo

Speaker: Jose Antonio Morato Tavares
Indonesian Ambassador to New Zealand

Event Date: Thursday 25th September 2014
Event Time: 5:30 pm-7:00 pm

Event Location: Russell McVeagh
Level 24, Vodafone on the Quay, 157 Lambton Quay, Wellington, 6011.

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Jokowi was proclaimed winner of the Indonesian Presidential Election on 22 July 2014. It was instantly seen as a new era in Indonesia’s democracy, since it is the first time that the country’s President has no links with either the military or former President General Suharto. The President-Elect was born in a river bank slum which mean that the poor could easily identify with him. During the election campaign, Jokowi frequent remarked to the listening crowds and supporters that he is just a “simple man who is skinny and who eats sweetened green bean soup and boiled bananas for breakfast.” His supporters were inspired by his success as a furniture seller before entering politics and many young people found hope in his agenda of reform.

Jokowi received 71 million votes, or 53 percent of the total votes cast in the presidential election. He defeated former general Prabowo Subianto, who got 46.8 percent of the votes. Please join us and hear more about the outcome of the election and Indonesia’s future under the new President.

Photo of Amb. Jose Tavares Jose Antonio Morato Tavares was appointed Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to New Zealand, the Independent State of Samoa and the Kingdom of Tonga in December 2013.
He was born in Balibo, then Portugese Timor, on the border of the Indonesian Province of Nusa Tenggara Timur.
He started his career at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1987, and served as head of the Political Affairs Section at the International Organizations Directorate from 1997 to 1999. During his diplomatic career, he has been assigned to Brussels (1993-1997) at the Mission of the Republic of Indonesia to the European Community; to Paris (2000-2004) as the Deputy Chief of Indonesia’s Mission to UNESCO; and to Geneva (2007-2010) as Minister Counsellor of the Permanent Mission of Indonesia to the United Nations in charge of peace and security and disarmament issues.
He was the Director for Dialogue Partners and Inter-Regional Affairs of ASEAN from May 2010 until early 2012 and the Director for ASEAN Political and Security Cooperation from early 2012 until December 2013.
Jose Antonio Morato Tavares graduated from the Faculty of Social and Government Affairs, Padjajaran University, in Bandung (1980). He studied Development Studies at Murdoch University, Australia (1990-1991) and also completed his Master of Arts in Public Policy from Murdoch University (1991-1992).

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