Minister of Foreign Affairs awards an Indonesian laureate
24.06.2013 / 15:52
Minister Karel Schwarzenberg conferred the Gratias Agit Award to Mr Leonard Tobing in recognition of his contribution to the development of relations between the Czech Republic and Indonesia. Mr Tobing is the first Indonesian to receive the prize since its foundation in 1997.
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Karel Schwarzenberg presented the Gratias Agit Award to 14 personalities and organisations who contributed to the promotion of the Czech Republic abroad at a ceremony held at the Czernin Palace of the Foreign Ministry in Prague on 7 June 2013.
The Indonesian awardee, Mr Leonard Tobing studied and graduated at the Prague School of Economics in the 1960s, worked in the Indonesian Foreign Service and was posted as Ambassador in Prague before retiring to run a Centre for Agriculture Training in North Sumatra. Throughout the years, he kept close ties with the Czech Republic and worked diligently to establish and cultivate Czech-Indonesian contacts and cooperation in many areas, most notably in education and agriculture.
The Gratias Agit Award has been given since 1997 to Czech nationals, friends of the Czech Republic, researchers, historians, artists or entrepreneurs worldwide, who through their voluntary activity promote interest in the Czech Republic, help highlighting it and raise its international profile.