In the future, it is expected that the relationship between the people of ASEAN and India would be even stronger and bring in more benefits in trade and partnership and elevate the relationship between ASEAN and India into a higher level (source: Dit.MWAK/Ditjen KSA/Dit. Infomed/Ed.PY/ trans. Hari).
Russia and ASEAN member countries possess a tremendous potential for cooperation that could be pushed even further. In this regard, Indonesia is encouraging Russia to take a more active role in realizing the goal of ASEAN connectivity 2015.
The above was stated by the Indonesian Ambassador to ASEAN I Gede Ngurah Swajaya at the forum entitled “ASEAN and the Russian Federation: Towards a Progressive and Comprehensive Partnership” that took place at the Moscow State University of International Relations (MGIMO), Moscow (17/12). Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya also stated that such cooperation might be carried out in a three pillared scheme, i.e. politic and security, economy and socio-cultural.
Cooperation prospects between the two parties include, among others, cooperation in the field of education and technology, energy, economics, trade and investment, tourism, people-to-people contact and eradicating transnational crimes.
“The Russian Federation is one of ASEAN’s important dialogue partners, and as such there are numerous opportunities for cooperation between the two parties, including infrastructure development, such as the construction of railway lines that connect ASEAN countries”, said Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya.
On the other hand, the Special Envoy of the Russian Federation’s Foreign Ministry for the region of Asia-Pacific and ASEAN Ambassador Alexander Ivanov who attended the forum as a speaker stated that maintaining stability in the region is crucial for advancing the development and cooperation between the parties.
He also added that with its potential, Russia could fulfill the needs of ASEAN, whether it is on land, sea, air, or even below ground.
“Realization of a cooperation requires a mutual trust between the two parties”, said Ambassador Ivanov who recently ended his term as the Ambassador of the Russian Federation to Indonesia.
The forum, which was organized as a collaborative effort between the Indonesian Embassy in Moscow and MGIMO with 80 participants, including, among others, government officials, scholars, business persons and students. The attendees also include Ambassadors and staff of ASEAN embassies in Moscow.
Besides Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya and Ambassador Ivanov, the forum also featured the Director of ASEAN Center at MGIMO Victor Sumsky and the Executive Director of Russia-ASEAN Business Council Victor Tarusin.
During his stay in Russia, Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya also held a general lecture for the students and staff lecturers of St. Petersburg State University on the latest development in ASEAN, the role of Indonesia in ASEAN and the relationship between Russia and ASEAN.
The Indonesian Ambassador to the Russian Federation who also doubled as the Ambassador to the Republic of Belarus Djauhari Oratmangun said that the event was intended to strengthen the relationship among ASEAN communities in Russia and advancing the cooperation between ASEAN and Russia.
“The event was also intended to provide insight to the Russian people on issues pertaining to ASEAN, the role of Indonesia in ASEAN and the relationship between Russia and ASEAN”, said Ambassador Djauhari who formerly served as the Director General of ASEAN Cooperation of the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs (source: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia Moscow/ Enjay Diana/ trans. Hari).
The Indonesian Ambassador August Parengkuan submitted a Letter of Introduction to the Director General of Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) Dr. Graziano da Silva, at FAO’s headquarter in Rome, Italy (17/12).
In the subsequent meeting after the ceremony, Ambassador August Parengkuan conveyed his mission, which is to boost the well-established cooperation between FAO and the Government of Indonesia.
The Ambassador also hoped that FAO and other UN agencies would provide more opportunities for Indonesian professionals to work for FAO, because Indonesians are still under represented in many international organizations.
In turn, the Director General of FAO expressed his appreciation on the cooperation and support provided by the Indonesian Government in various programs pertaining to the reformation, transformation and decentralization of FAO and for its programs under the scheme of South-South cooperation.
On the same day, the Indonesian Ambassador also met and delivered another Letter of Introduction to the President of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) Mr. Kanayo Nwanze in his office in Rome, Italy.
Previously, Ambassador August Parengkuan has submitted his Letter of Credentials as the Indonesian Ambassador to the President of the Republic of Italy Giorgio Napolitano (11/12) (source: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia Rome)
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)