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Friday, January 16, 2009

Hillary Clinton recognizes Indonesia`s economic role

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in her statement when testifying as secretary of state nominee at the US Senate`s Foreign Relations Committee in Washington DC, last Tuesday (jan. 13), recognized Indonesia`s role in dealing with the global economic crisis.

"We know that emerging markets like China, India, Brazil, South Africa, and Indonesia are feeling the effects of the current crisis. We all stand to benefit in both the short and long term if they are part of the solution, and become partners in maintaining global economic stability," she said.

"For too long, we have merely talked about the need to engage emerging powers in global economic governance; the time to take action is upon us. The recent G-20 meeting was a first step, but developing patterns of sustained engagement will take hard work and careful negotiation," she added.

Indonesia`s President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attended the G-20 Summit on the global economic crisis which was held in Washington DC, last November 2008.

In her statement Hally Clinton also recalled President-elect Obama`s mother, Ann Dunham, who had worked in Indonesia from late 1960s until early 1990s. Clinton called Ann Dunham as a pioneer in micro finance in Indonesia.

"As a personal aside, I want to mention that President-elect Obama`s mother, Ann Dunham, was a pioneer in micro finance in Indonesia. In my own work on micro finance around the world - from Bangladesh to Chile to Vietnam to South Africa and many other countries - I`ve seen firsthand how small loans given to poor women to start small businesses can raise standards of living and transform local economies," she said.

"President-elect Obama`s mother had planned to attend a micro finance forum at the Beijing women`s conference in 1995 that I participated in. Unfortunately, she was very ill and couldn`t travel and sadly passed away a few months later. But I think it`s fair to say that her work in international development, the care and concern she showed for women and for poor people around the world, mattered greatly to her son, and certainly has informed his views and his vision. We will be honored to carry on Ann Dunham`s work in the months and years ahead," she said.

The Senate is expected to confirm Hillary Clinton as the new US Secretary of State after the presidential inauguration of Barack Obama on January 20, 2009.

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