[unpad.ac.id, 9/26/2019] Universitas Padjadjaran’s Faculty of Law in collaboration with the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a “Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC) Day” at Bale Sawala, Unpad Campus Rectorate Building, Jatinangor, Thursday (9/26). FEALAC Day became the first celebration event by FEALAC which was initiated by Indonesia for the first time supported by other FEALAC member countries.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of Intra-regional and Inter-regional Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Masni Eriza, officially opened the FEALAC Day. “Basically, FEALAC Day was held to make FEALAC more visible to the public as the only inter regional cooperation connecting 16 East Asian countries and 20 Latin American countries representing 33.5% of the world’s land mass,” said Masni.
Academic and Student Manager of the Faculty of Law Unpad, Agus Suwandono, S.H., LL.M. said this event was a good event to introduce FEALAC to students.
“Through this event, students can find out what forms of cooperation between East Asia and Latin America are,” Agus explained.
FEALAC Day presented a talk show entitled “Maximizing FEALAC Potential Among FEALAC Youth Across Atlantic and Pacific Ocean”.
The panellists on this speech were Second Secretary of Diplomatic and Consular Careers of the Colombian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Juan Pablo Osorio Jaramillo, Lecturer in International Relations Study Program of Unpad Viani Puspita Sari, S.IP., M.Sc., Coordinator of the FEALAC Volunteer Youth Center Eko Firman Fadhilah and Desk Officer of Indonesia-European Union Relation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs Noviasari Rustam.
On this occasion, Juan explained briefly about FEALAC and the contributions made by Colombia to FEALAC. Not only that, Juan also invited students to get to know Colombia.
“When learning Spanish, which is the official language of Colombia, we will also be introduced to culture, ways of thinking, different point of views, and ways of understanding Colombian society,” said Juan.
Viani said the young generation of FEALAC must be active in public diplomacy. “Public diplomacy does not only belong to diplomats, but the younger generation can also actively help our diplomats,” Viani said.
The FEALAC Day event ended with a workshop with the theme “Coding for Mom and Women Entrepreneurs”. The workshop was hosted by a team from the Asian Law Students’ Association (ALSA) Faculty of Law, Universitas Padjadjaran. *
Reported by Rana Aushaf/am
Translated by Trisha Adelia
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