Photo of the Day: Secretary Kerry Escapes Bonkerstown, Arrives in Indonesia for APEC

— By Domani Spero

Secretary Kerry is on foreign travel to Tokyo, Japan, Bali, Indonesia; Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; and Manila, Philippines from October 1-12, 2013.  In Tokyo on October 2-3, Secretary Kerry joined Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel for the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee (SCC) meeting.  On October 4, Secretary Kerry arrived in Bali, Indonesia for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministerial Meeting (AMM) and other APEC-related meetings.  He is accompanied by Assistant Secretary Danny Russel, Spokesperson Jennifer Psaki, NSS Director for Japan and Asian Economic Affairs Robert Koepcke and Vice Admiral Kurt Tidd, JCS. After Bali, Secretary Kerry is scheduled to proceed to Malaysia from October 10-11 and the Philippines from October 11-12.

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U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry is greeted by Embassy Jakarta’s Charge d’Affaires Kristen Bauer upon arriving in Bali, Indonesia, on October 4, 2013, to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Ministerial Meeting. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]
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Ambassador Scot Marciel departed post on July 18. The Deputy Chief of Mission at the U.S. Embassy to Indonesia, Kristen Bauer is currently the Chargé d’Affaires a.i. She will serve in this capacity as the acting Ambassador until the arrival of  Ambassador-designate Joseph Y. Yun as the next Ambassador to Malaysia.  ambasador-designate, Ambassador Robert Blake, Jr. to Jakarta. (apologies, thanks P!).






New Consulate General Compound Opens in Surabaya, Indonesia

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U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia, Scot Marciel dedicated the new Consulate General facility in Surabaya on May 4, “celebrating our deepening commitment to the comprehensive partnership between the United States and Indonesia.” Governor of East Java, Dr. H. Soekarwo; Acting Director General of America and Europe Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. M.Wahid Supriyadi; Consul General, Kristen Bauer; and Director of the Office of Design and Engineering of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations (OBO), William Miner participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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Here is the part of the presser from the embassy:

Occupying a six-acre site in the Citra Raya development, the new facility serves as an important platform for U.S. diplomacy in Indonesia and throughout the region and creates a secure, state-of-the-art, environmentally-sustainable workplace for approximately 200 employees.

The Consulate General provides improved facilities to serve both U.S. and Indonesian citizens, such as a more comfortable consular area for visa services and American citizen services and an Information Resources Center where information and programs on the United States will be available.

The compound incorporates numerous sustainable features, most notably a storm water management system designed to capture downpours and slowly discharge the water to the city so that flooding is minimized; the use of drip irrigation and recycled wastewater; and a wastewater treatment plant.

Aurora, LLC of Rockville, MD constructed the new Consulate General and Sorg Architects of Washington, D.C. is the architect of record.  The $64 million project generated hundreds of jobs in both the United States and Indonesia.

Domani Spero