ASEAN Festival Week 2015: Multi-Track Diplomacy ASEAN in Qatar

December 4, 2015 - Uncategorized

ASEAN Festival Week (AFW) is one of the events involving ASEAN nations to display the diversity of the region. This year’s festival is held in Katara, a cultural village in Doha, Qatar, from 30 April to 2 May 2015. This event is a collaboration among the embassies of ASEAN nations in Doha – Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. This group of embassies is called  ASEAN Committee in Doha (ACD) and led by Y.M. Deddy Saiful Hadi, Indonesian ambassador to Qatar.

The opening ceremony takes place on 30 April at 19:00 local time and is attended by thousands of guests who enjoy themselves. Among the honored guests are ambassadors and representatives from countries such as Saudi Arabia Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran, Oman, Palestine, Poland, USA,  and the other ASEAN countries in Qatar

AFW spearheads the multi-track diplomacy programs of the ASEAN nations to improve relationships and increase cooperations with Qatar, especially in the social and cultural sectors. The performances from these countries impress the many guests present during the festival. Every night, Indonesia presents four dances performed by a dance troupe from Indonesia, Sanggita Kencana Budaya, and dancers from the Indonesian Ministry of Tourism that perform Modern Jaipong, Bajidor Kahot, Lenggang Nyai and Rancak Bana. In addition, the Indonesian diaspora in Qatar also presents dances Saman, Sipatokaan, and Kipas and Angklung concert.

The other activities during AFW are traditional authentic food bazaar from seven ASEAN countries, booths to promote tourism products and destinations, and craft stands. Indonesia has five stands for small and midsize businesses that show batik products from Yogyakarta, pearls from Lombok, furnitures from Solo, and other handicrafts. There is a batik making demonstration booth and tourism stand that provides information on tourism locations in Indonesia.

And during this occasion, companies that have business potential in Qatar are promoted, and among them is Indmira. As a business enterprise based on research in agriculture, technology and renewable energy, Indmira uses the opportunity to present its breakthrough technology in sandy-soil agriculture to the powers that be in Qatar. In addition, Indmira is also looking into marketing its orgnic fertilizer line up in the Middle East. Hopefully this event becomes one of the ways to improve the relationships between ASEAN nations and those in the regions, not only through cultures but also technology. (Le)

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