Umah Indo, which means “The House of Indonesia” is a multi-purpose corner, Ambassador of Indonesia for Vietnam, Ibnu Hadi, explained during his visit to ANTARA Office in Jakarta, Saturday.
“Anyone is allowed here since we also provide an Indonesian course, which has been started last year and currently has around 100 members in total,” Hadi stated.
This was conducted as an informal effort to enhance Indonesia’s exposure among the Vietnamese, he added.
“They (Vietnamese) know little things about Indonesia, as their nation’s leader Ho Chi Minh and Indonesian Soekarno were great friends. They also know about Indonesia’s soccer team,” Hadi said.
Aside from Umah Indo, the embassy is also working on people-to-people contact, particularly in the sector of higher education such as university visits and college student exchanges.
“Our government has also been provided with a ‘darmasiswa’ scholarship which is funding ten to 15 Vietnamese students each year to come to Indonesia and study here,” Hadi explained.
To smoothen the matter, Indonesia and Vietnam need also to boost the connectivity between both countries as the current has to be optimized, he added.
“The thing is related to our connectivity. Today, there is no direct flight from Jakarta to the capital Hanoi,” Hadi affirmed.
The embassy is now working to assure air connectivity between Indonesia and Vietnam soon. (INE)
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