On Friday, February 6, 2004, the Honorary Consul to Bali and Nusa Tenggara Barat, Mr. Reinhold Jantzen was presented with the "Bundesverdienstkreuz 1. Klasse" or "Commander's Cross of Merit, First Class" from a grateful Government for long and outstanding service to the Federal Republic of Germany.
Mr. Jantzen has lived in Bali for 27 years, serving as Honorary Consul for Germany for the past 18 years, the last 9 of which included the expanded role of representing Germany for all of West Nusa Tenggara. During his period of service, Mr. Reinhard Jantzen has seen the consulate office located on Bali's Sanur beach grow, both in size and the number of German tourists it serves. On round-the-clock call, Berlin's Man in Bali provides the entire gamut of consular activities, ranging from the mundane assistance to people who have lost their passports, to the dramatic aftermath of the Bali bombing, to VIP visits by the German Head of State. His wise counsel to travelers and his Government and a growing capacity to handle the many tasks presented to his office, no matter how complex, were among the reasons cited in the ceremony recognizing Mr. Jantzen's distinguished service.
The medal, presented at an exclusive luncheon at The Westin, Nusa Dua was presided over by the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Indonesia, Dr. Fulda, together with the Head of the Consular and Legal Division. The medal, the highest honor of its class, was bestowed in front of Mr. Jantzen's proud family, colleagues and friends from Balì's diplomatic corps, and ranking officials in the local government.
This is the second such honor presented to Mr. Jantzen in connection with his diplomatic service in Bali. He was also the recipient of a Cross of Merit Award presented to him in 1996.
Mr. Jantzen is married to Endang Suciati, who together are the proud parents of two sons, Michael and Robert, and a daughter, Nicole.
In addition to his role as the Honorary Consul for Germany, Mr. Jantzen runs a successful meat processing operation on the island.
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