The Association of Serbian-Indonesian Friendship NUSANTARA was established in Belgrade, symbolically on the Indonesian Independence Day – 17 August 2003, as a Civic organization according to the Law on Social Organizations and Associations of Citizens, valid in that time. The founders of the Association were eminent diplomats, former Ambassadors and military diplomatic representatives of Yugoslavia (afterwards of Serbia) in Indonesia, university professors, artists, travelogue writers, members of cultural, sporting and public life of Belgrade, businessmen, Serbian students granted scholarships on behalf of the Indonesian Government, citizens – descendents of Serbo-Indonesian marriages and all others who wished to contribute to making and strengthening the friendship between the two countries.
IThis initiative was launched by one of the founders and first Chairman of the Association, prof. dr Miodrag Trajković, due to whose efforts the Association started its successful operation. Furthermore, one of the most active initiators and prominent founders was Colonel Bogdan Petrović, a military attache of Yugoslavia in Indonesia and other states in that part of Asia, who, with great enthusiasm, helped in initial activity and affirmation of the Association.
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Indonesia to Belgrade of that time, Mr. Ladjuris along with the company JUGOIMPORT–SDPR and its Director General Mr. Stevan Nikcevic gave great contribution to the work of the Serbian-Indonesian Association of Friendship NUSANTARA by providing founding shares, giving professional assistance in the preparation and making of founding regulations and registration, opening bank accounts.
In his second mandate (2007-2010), His Excellency Ambassador Muhammad Abduh Dalimunthe with his associates – Indonesian diplomates, has been the advisor to the Chairman of the Association and he has given great support to the Association in accomplishing its basic goals and tasks. Members of the Association honor the memory of those reputable founders and members.
Nusantara society carries out practically all of its activities from donations and charity contributions by the friends of the Association. However, the symbolic amount of the membership fees covers the costs of the Internet, mail and petty cash expenses of the Association’s Secretariat.
Management Board of the Association passed the Decision on the annual membership fee, at the amount of 1000 (one thousand) diners.