FM Marty M. Natalegawa is scheduled to receive Macedonian FM Nikola Poposki’s visit tomorrow, Tuesday (13/11/2012). Responding to Marty’s invitation, Poposki accompanied by 4 delegates is making a state visit to Indonesia, on 13-17 November 2012.
Such visit is aimed to increase the bilateral relationships between RI and Macedonia.
Marty and his Macedonian counterpart will conduct a bilateral meeting and discuss the plan to improve the bilateral relationships in the field of politics, trade and economic cooperation, and socio-cultural cooperation.
In addition, the two foreign ministers will exchange their views on bilateral issues and the regional as well as global issues of mutual concerns.
During the visit, FM Poposki will pay courtesy calls to the Deputy Speaker of People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR) and the Coordinating Minister of Economy. Poposki is also scheduled to deliver a short presentation at the Chamber of Commerce on the trade, economic, and investment opportunities between the two countries.
RI-Macedonia Bilateral Cooperation
Since Indonesia’s acknowledgement towards Macedonia’s independence on 25 May 1993, the bilateral relations between the two countries have experienced positive development. This is reflected from the increasing trade volume between the two countries over the years.
In 2010, the total trade volume between the two countries amounted to US$ 6.77 billion, and in 2011, the total trade volume reached the number of US$ 9.83 billion, or increased by 45%.
The total trade value for January-August 2012 period amounted to US$ 10.5 billion, raising by 287 % compared to the one for the same period in 2011 (US$ 2.70 billion).
Macedonia is a one of the successor state of the former Yugoslavia, from which it declared independence based on a referendum in 8 September 1991 Macedonia has a population of 2,055,004 million people with per-capita income of U.S. $ 5,012 (2011) or the GDP amounting to U.S. $ 10.32 billion (2011). Macedonia’s primary commodities are services, mining industry, and agricultural products. (Source: Dit. East and Central European Affairs/ed.Yo2k/ trans. Loyz.D/ Andk)