Pak-Indonesia relations are touching new horizons: Iwan S Amri

Arif Qureshi

Pakistan and Indonesia have historic relations, deeply rooted in mutual respect and support at regional and global level. The Second Meeting of Bilateral Consultative Forum between Pakistan and the Indonesia was held in Islamabad. The Indonesian delegation was led by Mr. Desra Percaya, Director General for Asia-Pacific and African Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and the Pakistan delegation was led by Mr. Imtiaz Ahmad, Additional Secretary Asia Pacific, and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan.

The Consultative Forum provided an opportunity to exchange views on the priorities of the newly elected government of Pakistan. Two sides deliberated on ways and means to enhance bilateral relations between Pakistan and Indonesia, and identified the potential areas for further cooperation, mainly, in the spheres of political, defence, trade and investment, education, culture, parliamentary exchanges and people-to-people contacts. They agreed to explore ways in which bilateral economic cooperation can be strengthened.

Detailed discussions were also held on regional and global issues, including the situation in Afghanistan, Kashmir and Palestine. Two sides reaffirmed their resolve to promote closer cooperation at international fora. Mr. Desra Percaya also paid courtesy call on the Foreign Secretary Tehmina Janjua and reiterated the Indonesian government’s commitment to enhance bilateral cooperation with Pakistan for mutual benefit.

Ambassador of Indonesia to Pakistan Iwan Suyudhie Amri addressing business community at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) has said that Indonesia along with ASEAN countries are huge markets with great potential for Pakistani products and businessmen should focus on these countries to promote trade and exports.

Ambassador Iwan Suyudhie Amri informed that Indonesia will notify the inclusion of 20 additional tariff lines in the Pakistan-Indonesia Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) by the end of November. He said that Indonesia with 250 million populations was the largest Muslim country and provided easy access to Pakistan to over $2 trillion ASEAN market. The ambassador noted with satisfaction that relations between the two countries were heading in the right direction and hoped in coming days these relations would get a further boost.

Indonesian Envoy also praised efforts of RCCI for contributing greatly towards strengthening of bilateral relations through business opportunity conferences and exhibitions. He assured full cooperation and assistance in upcoming International Rawal Expo 2019. He also assured that his Embassy would share trade inquiries and business related information with RCCI so that its members could take advantage of the available opportunities for promoting trade and exports with Indonesia.

Malik Shahid Saleem, President, Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) said that Pakistan and Indonesia enjoyed cordial relations and there was a need to transform these good relations into thriving bilateral trade, investment and joint ventures between the two countries. He said Pakistan and Indonesia have signed a Preferential Trade Agreement and volume of bilateral trade between the two countries has improved to $2.3 billion. However, there was plenty of scope to improve two way trades in many areas.

It has been seen that the Pakistan and Indonesia deliberated on ways and means to enhance bilateral relations and identified the potential areas for further cooperation, mainly, in the spheres of political, defense, trade and investment, education, culture, parliamentary exchanges and people-to-people contacts.

In his address at Rawalpindi Chamber of Commerce and Industry (RCCI) Ambassador Iwan Suyudhie Amri rightly mentioned that with the passage of time the relations between Indonesia and Pakistan are touching new horizons as bilateral relations between Pakistan and Indonesia have seen marked improvement in all fields during the last couple of years.

The writer is editor of diplomatic news magazine, “The Fortress” he can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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