The Rector of UGM will inaugurate Sociedad Indonesia para America Latina (SIpAL) or the Indonesian Society for Latin America on Thursday, 3 March 2011 at the University Club (UC) UGM.
SipAL is a community belonging to the Faculty of Social and Political Sciences to develop area study of Latin America. Officiated on 14 June 2010 by Dean, Prof. Dr. Pratikno, M.Soc.Sc., SipAL was established to bring together everyone who has interest in the region in order to explore it in multidimensional manner, not only in terms of political or economic policy but also socio-cultural aspects.
Drs. Riza Noer Arfani, M.A., Coordinator of SIpAL UGM, said that in the event a roundtable discussion was held entitled ‘Bridging People to People Initative in the Partnership between Indonesia and Latin America’. This was chosen to introduce SIpAL as a media to develop people to people initiative in the ties between Indonesia and Latin America. "This activity is aimed at becoming one entry for the wider public, academicians or non-academicians, to know South America deeper,” he explained on Wednesday (2/3).
This program presents Teiseran Foun Cornelis (Head of Study and Development of America and Europe, Ministry of Foreign Affairs), and Nur Iman Subono (lecturer at Universitas Indonesia) as speaker. Keynote speech will be delivered by Director General for America and Europa, Retno L.P. Marsudi.
Delegates from the South American countries include Ambassador of Republic of Cuba, H.E. Enna Esther Viant Valdes, Ambassador of Republic of Ecuador, H.E. Eduardo Calderon, Ambassador of United Mexican States, H.E. Melba Pria, Ambassador of Republic of Chile, H.E. Eduardo Ruiz, Ambassador of Republic of Panama, H.E. Rosemary Suceth de Leon de Ramirez, Charge d'Affaires ad interim of Republic of Suriname, T. Saimbang, Charge d'Affaires of Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, Nydia Rangel Cardenas, and First Secretary at Embassy of Republic of Federative Brazil, Fabiano Burkhardt.