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The name Indonesia derives from Greek words of Indos (Ἰνδός) and nesos (νῆσος), meaning “Indian islands”. The name dates to the 18th century, far predating the formation of independent Indonesia.

Indonesia, officially the Republic of Indonesia (IndonesianRepublik Indonesia [reˈpublik ɪndoˈnesia], is a country in Southeast Asia and Oceania between the Indian and Pacific oceans. It consists of over seventeen thousand islands, including SumatraJavaSulawesi, and parts of Borneo (Kalimantan) and New Guinea (Papua). Indonesia is the world’s largest island country and the 14th-largest country by land area, at 1,904,569 square kilometres (735,358 square miles). With more than 270 million people, Indonesia is the world’s fourth-most populous country and the most populous Muslim-majority country. Java, the world’s most populous island, is home to more than half of the country’s population.

Indonesia is a presidentialconstitutional republic with an elected legislature. It has 34 provinces, of which five have special status. The country’s capital, Jakarta, is the world’s second-most populous urban area. The country shares land borders with Papua New GuineaEast Timor, and the eastern part of Malaysia. Other neighbouring countries include SingaporeVietnam, the PhilippinesAustraliaPalau, and India (Andaman and Nicobar Islands). Despite its large population and densely populated regions, Indonesia has vast areas of wilderness that support one of the world’s highest levels of biodiversity.

The Indonesian archipelago has been a valuable region for trade since at least the 7th century when Srivijaya and later Majapahit traded with entities from mainland China and the Indian subcontinent. Local rulers gradually absorbed foreign influences from the early centuries, and Hindu and Buddhist kingdoms flourished. Sunni traders and Sufi scholars brought Islam, while Christianity was brought mostly through European explorers. Although sometimes interrupted by the PortugueseFrench and British, the Dutch were the foremost colonial power for much of their 350-year presence in the archipelago. The concept of “Indonesia” as a nation-state emerged in the early 20th century, culminating later in the proclamation of Indonesian Independence in 1945. However, it was not until 1949 that the Dutch recognised Indonesia’s sovereignty following an armed and diplomatic conflict between the two.

Indonesia consists of hundreds of distinct native ethnic and linguistic groups, with Javanese being the largest. A shared identity has developed with the motto Bhinneka Tunggal Ika (“Unity in Diversity” literally, “many, yet one”), defined by a national language, ethnic diversity, religious pluralism within a Muslim-majority population, and a history of colonialism and rebellion against it. The economy of Indonesia is the world’s 16th-largest by nominal GDP and the 7th-largest by PPP. It is a regional power and is considered a middle power in global affairs. The country is a member of several multilateral organisations, including the United NationsWorld Trade OrganizationG20, and a founding member of the Non-Aligned MovementAssociation of Southeast Asian NationsEast Asia Summit, and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation.

Indonesia – Ghana diplomatic relations

Indonesia – Ghana diplomatic relations was established in 1959. The history of Ghana and Indonesia dates back to colonial times. People of Ghanaian origin from the Elmina territory (formerly home to the kingdom of Ashanti) were assigned as part of the Dutch colonial army in Indonesia. These Ghanaian army personnel assimilated with the local Indonesian culture, in which some chose to stay in Indonesia, mainly in Java, and became known as “the Black Dutch”. In Elmina, Ghana, there is also the Museum of Java where artefacts from Ghanaian soldiers’ period of stay in Indonesia are displayed.​
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Vision Statement: Building prosperity, security and mutual understanding in partnership with the people, of the Republic of Indonesia.

Mission Statement: To strengthen cooperation, friendship and trade between the Republic of Ghana and the Republic of Indonesia, to be a model diplomatic platform for the promotion of Ghana Government policies and objectives, and to protect the lives and interests of Ghana citizens. Goals associated with this mission include:

  • Promoting mutual understanding through educational, cultural and public affairs activities.
  • Addressing common concerns and differences through open and constructive dialogue with officials, journalists and other citizens.
  • Increasing commerce between Ghana and the Republic of Indonesia and surrounding countries by identifying and promoting opportunities for trade and investment.
  • Fighting terrorism, illegal migration, trafficking and other cross-border crime through joint training and other preventive efforts.
  • Assisting Indonesians and Ghanaian citizens by providing prompt, efficient consular services, information and other support.

Our Values: Integrity, mutual respect and understanding, responsibility, justice, equal opportunity, public service, teamwork, tolerance, helping others.

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