President Megawati Soekarnoputri flew into Bali on Wednesday, February 27, 2002, to formally open the Regional Ministerial Conference on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime being held on the Island.
The conference, sponsored by the Australian Government, includes direct and observer participation by some 11 nations.
Arriving by private jet from Jakarta and accompanied by Indonesian Foreign Minister, Hasan Wirayudha, the President was welcomed at the airport by Bali's Governor and then travelled directly to the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Nusa Dua to deliver the opening adress for the conference and strike a traditional gong marking the official opening of the meetings.
During her one day visit to Bali, Ibu Megawati also made a stop at a local grade school to bestow a grant of funds for the students being educated in the village of Benoa, near the site of the conference.
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