|Ikrar Nusa Bhakti (in the middle) explaining about Tunisian politics in front of hundreds of International Relations students . (Picture: Special)|
People who work in social and political fields get familiar with Ikrar Nusa Bhakti, a professor of LIPI/ Indonesian Institute of Science. Ikrar is a researcher from LIPI Political Research Center as well as a political observer who is very famous in Indonesia.
Ikrar who is currently the Ambassador of Indonesia in Tunisia came to University of Muhammadiyah Malang (UMM) as a speaker on Guest Lecture entitled “Tunisian Politics and Diplomatic Relation with Indonesia”held at BAU on Thursday (6/12).
“The diplomatic relation between Indonesia and Tunisia is very important after the rise of Arabian. Tunisia sees Indonesia as the example of democratic implementation in a Moslem-majority country”. said Ikrar who is also an expert in Political History from School of Modern Asian Studies, Griffith University Brisbane, Australia.
Meanwhile, Indonesia supports the democratic transition in Tunisia through democracy partnership and increasing capacity. “Indonesia praises Tunisia as a successful example of democratic transmission in Arabia. This diplomatic relationship had been started since 1950s when Indonesia supported the independence of Tunisia in France”. Added Ikrar.
There is Indonesian Embassy in Tunisia and Tunisia has embassy in Jakarta. Both countries are the members of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and Non-Block Movement. However, Indonesia and Tunisia are good in trade sector. Indonesia exports lubrication oil, musical instruments, optics, rubber, paper, plastics, furniture, shoes, coffee, and spices to Tunisia. Ikrar said, “Countries in Southeast Asia import dates, oranges, fertilizers, phosphate stones, glass, and olive oil from North Africa”.
One of Ikrar’s tasks as an Ambassador is to successfully hold Bali Democracy Forum (BDF) chapter Tunisia to discuss about democracy and its implications for economic development. “Besides, I will be striving to run cooperation in economy and find a strategy how to increase the number of Tunisian tourists to visit Indonesia” said Ikrar. (lus)