Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia
Address: Jl. Pejambon No.6. Jakarta Pusat, 10110, Indonesia
Tel.: (+62 21) 344 15 08
Retno L.P. Marsudi
Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of indonesia
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Retno L.P. Marsudi, was born in Semarang, 27 November 1962. Minister Marsudi is the first female Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia. She was sworn in as member of President Joko Widodo’s Working Cabinet on 27th October 2014.
During her assignment as the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to The Kingdom of The Netherlands (2012 – 2014), she has successfully strengthened the relationship between Indonesia and The Netherlands in various areas of cooperation. She was one of the key negotiators for the establishment of the Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and The Netherlands, the highest achievement in bilateral relations.
Prior to this assignment, Minister Marsudi was the Director General for America and Europe (2008 – 2012). Her key role, among others, is as the Chief Negotiator for Strategic/ Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and other countries, including the US, the EU, Brazil.
During 2005 – 2008, she served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of Norway and the Republic of Iceland. Her extraordinary contribution to the bilateral relations between Indonesia and the Kingdom of Norway was acknowledged by the granting of the Order of Merit (Grand Officer-the Second Highest Decoration) by the King of Norway in December 2011, making her the first Indonesian to receive this esteemed distinction.
Her previous assignments, among others, are:
- Director for West European Affairs (2003 – 2005)
- Director for Inter-Regional Cooperation of America and Europe (2002 – 2003)
- Deputy Director for Multilateral Economic Cooperation (2001)
- Economic Counselor at the Indonesian Embassy in Den Haag (1997 – 2001)
- Press officer at the Indonesian Embassy in Canberra (1990 – 1994)
Minister Marsudi graduated in 1985 from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, majoring in International Relations. Over the years she has also pursued several studies, namely on “European Union Law” at the Haagse Hogeschool in Den Haag, and “Human Rights Study” at Oslo University. She has completed her compulsory diplomatic education in 1986, 1996, and 2002 with outstanding achievements.
Minister Retno Marsudi is married to Agus Marsudi, an architect graduated from Gadjah Mada University, Yogyakarta, and TU Delft, the Netherlands. They have two sons (Dyota Marsudi, 25 years old and Bagas Marsudi, 21 years old).
The main duty of the MFA is directed to:
- prevent nation disintegration potential
- attempt to help economic recovery
- attempt to improve the image of Indonesia
- improve the quality of serving and protecting the citizens of Indonesia
- Professionalism: The officials of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs are professionals who possess the ability to accomplish their duty pro-actively and innovatively based on their appropriate expertise and skills, including the skills of foreign languages and understanding local cultures. Besides that, it is also provided by the understanding of productivity, which is the capability to combine the utilizations of all the existing resources maximally, through efficiency to produce effective results.
- Morality and Ethics: Every official member of the Department of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia has to esteem the moral and ethical values based on Pancasila (Five Principles of the Republic of Indonesia), the Constitution of 1945, and religions.
- Partnership: The application of politics and international relations of the Republic of Indonesia needs the cooperation and support from various expertise from various units in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, other institutions as well as Non-Government Organizations as equal partners. Therefore, the application of coordination principals, integration, and synchronization has to be prioritized. Opinion and point of views differences are positive matters which have to be stated openly and constructively in order to strengthen the formulation and application of politics and international relations.
- Discipline, Dedication, and Loyalty: The staffs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs perform their duty based on the prevailed regulations, provided by high discipline and dedication, as well as loyalty to the organization, superior and other partners.
- Integrity: All the staffs need to be honest, prudent, wise, reliable, and have tough principles.
- Service Oriented To: improve the fulfillment of the state’s and citizens’ needs in and out of the country, every official member of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has to present his/her best service to all needing society members.
- Transparency: Every decision making process and its application have to be conducted openly and accountably, either from internal organization or to the wide range of society as the form of social responsibility.
- Accountable: The results of the work performed are able to be taken responsibility to all parties who have the authority to request for responsibility.
- Strong Struggling Spirit: The history of the nation and Indonesian diplomacy, which was performed in order to achieve its national objective by developing friendship with as many nations in this world, was patronized to protect its national interests provided by the firmness in principle and belief, determination in attitude and never giving up spirit in attempts but also prioritize flexibility and rationalism in approach.
- Skills: The staffs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs have wide range of knowledge and diplomatic skills, international experience and managerial capability in order to play Indonesia’s role in international relations.
- Benefit Principle: All of the activities and their results are maximally counted for the interests or missions of the organization, which is maximally performed for the national interests.