Monday, December 1, 2008

Princess Mathilde in Indonesia and Singapore

HRH Princess Mathilde of Belgium visited Indonesia from 22-26 November 2008, accompanying her husband Crown Prince Phillipe who lead a Belgian economic mission exploring investment opportunies in Indonesia. Belgium is one of the 30 top investors in Indonesia.

Prince Phillipe met Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Jakarta Governor Fauzi Bowo and West Java Governor Ahmad Heryawan.

While the Crown Prince was attending business meetings, his wife Mathilde met with disadvantaged children of Jakarta. Along with Mufidah Jusuf Kalla, the wife of Indonesia’s vice president, the Crown Princess stopped by a school supported by Pantara Foundation, dedicated to children with learning disabilities.

For the second leg of their south Asian economic tour, Belgium’s crown princely couple went to Singapore. There, Philippe and Mathilde continued making diplomatic ties, promoting Belgian businesses, and touring the city state.

Crown Princess Mathilde visited the La Salle College of the Arts where students performed a dance for her and then went to the Singapore Botanical Garden, where she was shown a yellow orchid named after her.

Later in the evening, Philippe and Mathilde went to a dinner at the Shangri-La hotel.

Crown Prince Philippe took time to inspect the honor guard at the Istana or presidential palace in the city republic, accompanied by by Acting Prime Minister S. Jayakumar.

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