POLISH government through its Ambassador, Grzegorz Wisniewski, inaugurated Ida Bagus Surakesuma as Honorary Consul of Poland to Bali. The event took place at Wantilan Room of Sanur Beach Hotel on Tuesday (Dec 11). Aside from government officials, it was also attended by Deputy Chief of Bali Police, Udayana Military Commander, Consul Representatives of Companion Country as well as representatives of relevant organizations in the field of trade and tourism in Bali.
More interestingly, the event was full of intimacy and jazzed up with the appearance of a tenor pianist conductor Sylwester Targosz-Szalonek specially brought in from Poland. His performance received a warm applause from the present invitees.
Grzegorz said that Polish government was apt to choose Lolec (his nickname) as Polish consul in Bali. Other than being a businessman who always worked hard, he was also an artist who was very relaxed. “Lolec can combine both, so that in the future Lolec can introduce Polish culture in Bali and vice versa,” he said.
Through his advantages, Lolec was also expected to invite Polish investors to Bali. Meanwhile, from his profession as an artist, he could also introduce the Polish art and culture in Bali. Moreover, there were twice daily flights to Poland, so that he was very optimistic. “Lolec has known many people so that we have confidence that Lolec can organize the consular office,” he said.
IB Lolec also doubling as Chairman of the Indonesia Congress and Convention Association (INCCA) of Bali said that after the inauguration he would introduce the office located at Jalan Sekar Waru 25 Sanur as the first step. Meanwhile, his working program was to introduce Poland through film and video. “Obviously, I will make the office like a library. So that they can come to read books,” he said.
Poland and Indonesia have similarities in terms of the flag and coat of arms. According to Lolec, an effective way to introduce Poland was through workshops and seminars and vice versa. He would send the Balinese craft to Poland as well as sending the people of Bali and other regions in Indonesia.
Meanwhile, Deputy Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy, Sapta Nirwandar, said that Lolec was indeed appropriate figure to become the Polish consul. “Lolec has a wealth of experience in handling tourists particularly in MICE sector. Besides, he also has a strong network especially in bringing in MICE tourists,” he said. (BTN/015)