In which areas are Hungary and Indonesia focusing their ongoing and upcoming bilateral programmes?
HE Judit Pach: Hungary and Indonesia first established their diplomatic relations in 1955, and we have had an excellent relationship ever since. Our bilateral relationship is marked by high-level visits, such as Prime Minister Viktor Orbán’s official visit to Indonesia in 2016, and constant interactions at the ministerial level.
In terms of economic cooperation, we share the same vision to develop bilateral trade and investments that have made some remarkable progress in the past few years—several Hungarian flagship projects in water management and IT are just a few rapidly developing business relationships, among many other fields. We also pay special attention to higher education, with Hungary offering 50 scholarships to Indonesian students every year, and there are Hungarians studying in Indonesia, too. Ahead, I hope that our bilateral relations get even better based on a solid common commitment of mutual trust and mutual interest.
In your opinion, what can Indonesia learn from your country and vice versa?
JP: Most Europeans who come to Indonesia have a hard time coping with the cultural differences, but I don’t think that you should change in any way. This is how Indonesia is and this is how we love it. However, I think we could learn some patience and cheerfulness from you.
What are the things to do and places to visit in Hungary?
JP: As the Ambassador of Hungary, I obviously speak for my country, but I can tell you why Hungary is one of the best destinations nowadays: it’s beautiful, it’s rich in culture, and it’s affordable. The main attraction is our capital, Budapest, with its marvelous architectural landmarks, urban atmosphere, and vibrant nightlife, but the countryside is also filled with natural beauty and cultural heritage.
Deliciously spicy Hungarian foods and excellent Hungarian wines always make our guests happy. Meanwhile, our thermal baths are some of the world’s finest and we have Central Europe’s largest lake, Balaton, all supported by world-class tourism infrastructure and Hungarian hospitality. The culture is rich and steeped in tradition, folk arts, and age-old crafts that are still produced to this day—the many thousands of Indonesians who visit Hungary every year would surely agree with me.
This story appears in the October 2018 issue of Indonesia Tatler. For the full story, grab the copy at your nearest newsstand, or subscribe here.
[Photography: Robin Alfian and Heri B Heryanto, Make-up: Arie Irawan, Stylist: Dhani Agustia]