|President Joko Widodo when giving a public lecture for students at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday (11/09).|
Seoul, Laras Post - President Joko Widodo gave a public lecture for students at the Hankuk University of Foreign Studies (HUFS), Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday (11/09). President before the students, the world must be brave to prepare for the Industrial Revolution 4.0. The President said, encouraging.
At the beginning of his speech, President Joko Widodo admitted that there were many great speakers present at HUFS. President Barrack Obama, President Mikhail Gorbachev, until UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon spoke and gave a speech on HUFS.
"But I'm pretty sure, none of them ever jumped on a car riding a motorcycle. Nothing," said the President, which made the whole room boisterous with laughter.
The action was meant by President Joko Widodo, his action when the opening of the 2018 Asian Games.
This year's Asian Games, according to the President, truly demonstrated spectacularly the extraordinary human capital in Asia. More than 14,000 athletes and 7,000 officials from 45 countries competed in 40 sports so it became the biggest Asian Games in history.
"And at the opening ceremony of the Asian Games we are delighted to be able to bring together the Prime Minister of South Korea with the Deputy Prime Minister of North Korea. And just as was done during Winter Olympics in Pyeong-chang, the athletes from both Koreas walked together under one Korean flag and compete together, in various sports, "said President Joko Widodo, adding.
The president later said that efforts to create peace on the Korean peninsula were not the only challenges facing the world today. Other challenges are security challenges, ranging from Afghanistan, the Middle East, to Rakhine State in Myanmar.
It is said, besides that, populism, protectionism and uni-lateralism are increasing in various parts of the world. Climate change that continues to contribute to massive forest fires, from California to Australia to Indonesia and on the phenomenon of _heat wave_, from Europe to South Asia. This summer, the city of Tokyo scored the highest temperature in Tokyo's history at 41 degrees Celsius.
"Our extravagant consumerism brings plastic waste to mountains and floods various coasts from Bali to the Carribbean Islands," he added.
President Joko Widodo said, the world must be prepared with the industrial revolution 4.0 with all the changes that are very fast. To deal with all this, the first thing to do is to be calm. The President believes that the potential of positive attitudes and optimism in international relations and economic negotiations are generally underestimated.
The second thing needed to deal with the challenges according to the President is innovation that comes from experimentation. He gave the example of a decision by President Moon Jae-In and President Donald Trump to open a path of dialogue, with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un despite many criticisms.
"But if I believe it is better to try something new despite the risks of failure. It's been so long, we have taken the road not to talk to North Korean leaders, and for years there has been no result, not moving towards peace at all. the Korean peninsula, "he continued.
The third thing to do is action. The President invited all the audience not to feel discouraged if all he could do was only small steps.
|Enthusiastic students when taking pictures together with President Joko Widodo|
"I believe it is important to do what we can. As the saying goes, _a journey of a thousand miles, starts with a single step_," said the Head of State of the Republic of Indonesia.
On this occasion, the President also conveyed the concrete steps that Indonesia had taken to move towards a better direction. These steps include visiting the Rohingya refugee camp directly in the Cox's Bazaar region, holding a meeting of trilateral scholars with Afghanistan and Pakistan.
At the end of his speech, the President mentioned that South Korea and Indonesia were ideal partners to work together towards a progressive international agenda for the world. Both countries adhere to a complementary democracy, for a complementary stage of development.
"The Korean nation is a great nation. Likewise we, the Indonesian nation. Let us work together to bring great things to the world," said the Head of State.
When the President gave a public lecture, many students were enthusiastic to hear.
Because the chairs in the room were inadequate, dozens of students were even seen sitting on the carpet.
Also attending were President and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo, Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, and Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi. (Her / 11-9-2018)