DG/2008/012 – Original: English
Address by Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO,
on the occasion of the opening
of the Seventh E-9 Ministerial Review Meeting
Bali, Indonesia, 11 March 2008
Mr Governor of Bali,
Distinguished Ministers of Education of the E-9 countries,
Ladies and Gentlemen,
It is a great honour for me to welcome you all to the Seventh E-9 Ministerial Review
Let me begin by paying warm tribute to Mr Yusuf Kalla, the vice-President of
Indonesia, whose presence here today provides clear testimony of the high
importance his country places on education as a key development priority.
The inauguration of the Exhibition of the EFA programme in Indonesia, by Madam
Yusuf Kalla, is also a highly appreciated sign of the country’s strong commitment to
achieve the EFA goals and the education-related Millennium Development Goals
I would like to express my sincere thanks to Indonesia for its generosity and
hospitality in hosting this meeting. I would also like to take this opportunity to thank
the Governor and people of Bali for the warm welcome we have received.
Let me further extend my deep gratitude to the Minister for Education of Indonesia,
Mr Bambang Sudibyo, whose hard work and support have made this Conference
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I am very pleased to be here in Bali, and am reminded of the educational advances
that have been made by each E-9 country since the first biennial Ministerial Review
Meeting that was held in this same location in 1995.
In recent years, the host country has assured the coordination of the E-9 initiative
between each biennial meeting and, in this regard, let me thank Mexico for fulfilling
this role since we gathered in Monterrey in February, 2006. Now it is Indonesia’s
turn to take over this responsibility and I am confident that the country will do so
with resolve and success.
You will recall that the Declaration of our last meeting in Monterrey