JAKARTA -- West Java Governor, Ridwan Kamil received Special Diaspora Award from the British Chamber of Commerce (BritCham) Indonesia.
The award was given because of the leadership of Emil - as Ridwan Kamil is called -- who is proactive in promoting the potential of West Java on various occasions, especially abroad including Britain.
"Alhamdulillah, I received leadership award from the British government through its Chamber of Commerce and industry (Kadin) related to proactive efforts," Emil said at the 40th anniversary celebration of BritCham's support for trade and membership in Indonesia which was held in Jakarta on Friday (23/8) 19).
In his speech, Emil also stated the proactive concept. According to Emil, the country's development strategy which needs to be done right now cannot only be done by waiting for those who want to cooperate, but also other efforts such as diplomacy to various countries.
"Today the development of this country cannot only guarding a stall. But we do diplomacy or pick up the ball. Pick up the ball means we come, we formulate," said Emil.
That proactive effort, added Emil, made the relationship between West Java and England very close. There is a lot of cooperation in various fields which have been done by West Java and England, including cooperation with Plastic Energy Limited, a plastic waste processing company, from Emil's work visit in England last July.
"A five-day visit (to the England) some days ago, there were 17 commitments and hopefully this will accelerate community welfare and development in West Java," Emil said.
England itself has a budget of Rp. 50 trillion to be invested in Indonesia. So, Emil invited residents and entrepreneurs of West Java to take part in utilizing the budget owned by the State of Queen Elizabeth.
"So, we will use the funds from England for Indonesia through West Java. I think if the provincial government has been very proactive, then the entrepreneurs must be more proactive," Emil concluded.
Reported by the official website of BritCham, the British Chamber of Commerce was founded in 1999. During that time, BritCham became a forum for important figures in politics, business, and experts from various fields.
In Indonesia, BritCham is present to represent the business interests of government and other decision makers from England.