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Indonesian Vice President receives Hamdan bin Zayed

posted on 13/03/2009: 846 views



Jakarta - Indonesian Vice President, Yusuf Kalla, received here on yesterday, Deputy Prime Minister, H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan.



During the meeting, they discussed bilateral relations and ways to boost them in various fields. They also discussed other issues of interest to the two countries and the Islamic world, including regional and international issues, focusing on the situation in the Middle East, particularly the Palestinian issue.



The two sides reiterated the need to find peaceful and just solution to the Palestinian issue to enable the Palestinians achieve their aspirations of establishing an independent state in accordance with international resolutions.



Sheikh Hamdan reaffirmed the UAE's continuous support for the Palestinian people to enable them achieve their legitimate rights, adding that the UAE will continue to support all international efforts towards achieving that goal.



The UAE Deputy Prime Minister expressed happiness on the level of ties between the two friendly countries. He said UAE leadership remained committed to boosting further the level of relations of cooperation and friendship with all friendly countries, adding that Indonesia is one of the Islamic countries commanding great respect and influence in the world, in general and in the Islamic world, in particular.



He stressed on the need to further boost economic, investment and trade relations between the UAE and Indonesia for mutual interest, in line with the directives of President H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice President and Prime Minister of UAE and Ruler of Dubai, H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum and Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, H.H. General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, to activate and boost joint investment projects between the two countries. He said Indonesia boasts of great economic, trade and investment potentials and fertile investment environment.



He noted the significant role Indonesian companies play in the UAE's ongoing industrial and construction development to further strengthen joint cooperation opportunities in the areas of economy, investment and trade for the mutual interest of the two countries.



For his part, the Indonesian Vice President said his country was also deeply committed to boosting bilateral ties with the UAE. He described relations between the two countries as positive and very promising. He praised the UAE's wise policy, which, he said, had led the country to achieving growth rates that are arguably the biggest in the region and wished the UAE more progress and development.



He said Sheikh Hamdan's visit was very successful as it came at a time when the whole world was facing a lot of challenges, most significantly, the global economic crisis. He thanked the UAE Deputy Prime Minister for the visit, which he said would impact positively on the efforts to further strengthen relations between the two countries.



He also thanked the UAE government for its noble humanitarian stances towards the Indonesian people during some difficult times the country went through, including the UAE's support for the victims of the Tsunami which hit the country in December 2004.



Touching on bilateral cooperation in the areas of economy, trade and investment, the Indonesian Vice President said Indonesian companies are deeply interest in strengthening those ties by seizing the great opportunities, attractive facilities and incentives being offered to foreign investors by the UAE. He expressed great confidence on the continuous growth and strength of economic, investment and trade relations between the two countries.



The UAE and Indonesian sides later held a bilateral meeting, with Sheikh Hamdan heading the UAE side, while the Indonesian Vice President also headed his country's side. They reviewed bilateral relations and ways to boost them in the economic field.



Sheik Hamdan highlighted potential areas of investment in the UAE and Abu Dhabi's five years development plan. He welcomed partnership between the two sides in those areas.



He cited the great development achieved by the UAE's oil sector and the possibility of Indonesia benefiting from the UAE experience in that area.



The Indonesian side called for the establishment of a higher committee to supervise the implementation of joint initiatives between the two sides and expressed deep desire in benefiting from the great experience of UAE in the banking sector.



The two sides also discussed the possibility of signing memoranda of understanding in the area of trade.



Present at the meeting, on the UAE side, were Sheikh Mohammed bin Nahyan bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, Director of the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister, Sultan bin Khalfan Al Rumaithy, Chairman of the Federation of the UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry, Salah Salim Al-Shamsi, Finance Ministry Undersecretary, Yunus Haji Khoory, Foreign Trade Ministry Undersecretary, Abdullah Al Saleh, UAE Ambassador to Indonesia, Yusuf Rashid Al Sharhan and other officials.



Also present at the meeting, on the Indonesian side, were Minister of Agriculture, Anton Apriyantoro, Minister for Trade, Mrs. Mari Elka Pangestu, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs, Triyono Wibowo, Secretary for Vice President of Indonesia, Mr. H. Tursandi Alwi, Indonesian President's Envoy for Middle East, Alwi Shihab, Head of Indonesia Investment Coordination Board, Mohammed Lutfi, Head of Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Mr. Mohammed Soleman Hidayat, President of Indonesia's State Oil and Gas Company (PERTAMINA), Mrs. Karen Agustiawan and Director General for the Department of Manpower and Transmigration, Mr. Gusti Arke.



Later, the Indonesian Vice President held in honour of the visiting UAE Deputy Prime Minister a luncheon which was attended by Sheikh Hamdan, members of his accompanying delegation and senior Indonesian officials, who attended the meeting.



Relations between the UAE and Indonesia have witnessed significant growth in all areas with great potential for further development to the level of strategic partnership in the near future.



According to a report issued by the UAE Embassy in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta, to mark Sheikh Hamdan's visit to the country, trade exchange between the two countries reached US$1.453 billion in 2007, up from US$1.232 billion in 2006.



The UAE is one of the first 18 international markets for Indonesian exports, while Indonesia is among the first 11 major importers of UAE products.



The two countries have signed a number of joint venture agreements aimed at boosting bilateral cooperation between them. These include a Dh2.2 billion (US$600 million) signed in May 2007 between Dubai-based Emaar Properties and Indonesia's Perusahaan Penhellola Aset (PPA) to develop a mixed-use project in Indonesia's Central Lombok Island. The development will span an area of over 12 million m2 on Mandalika Beach and will be made up of a residential, leisure and hospitality zone.



DP World of Dubai is also managing a container depot at Indonesia's Surabaya Port in Java.



In December 2007, the Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (Etisalat) acquired a 15.9 per cent stake in Indonesia's third largest mobile operator (Excelcomindo) at a total of Dh1.6 billion (US$438 million). Abaar Petroleum Investment Company of UAE is also investing US$500 million within the next three years on oil exploration and production projects in Indonesia, while Abu Dhabi-based Mubadala Development Company will soon be signing a joint venture agreement with Indonesia's National Oil '&' Gas Company.



Other joint venture agreements between the two countries include, air travel agreements signed in 1979, agreement on cessation of double-taxation, information agreement signed between the UAE's Emirates News Agency (WAM) and its Indonesian counterpart (ANTARA), a 2006 cooperation agreement between the Federation of UAE Chambers of Commerce and Industry and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in addition to other agreements in the areas of post and telecommunications and labour importation to the UAE.



Indonesia is also an active participant in various exhibitions in the UAE, including the International Defence Exhibition and Conference (IDEX) and various trade and tourism fairs.



Another area of significant cooperation between the two friendly countries is the humanitarian field. The UAE Red Crescent Authority (RCA), in line with the directives of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, who is also the RCA Chairman, signed a partnership agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to build a residential town in the Tsunami destroyed town of Banda Aceh in Indonesia following the December 2004 Tsunami disaster. Having been named as "Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed City", it consists of 1033 housing units built at a total cost of US$5.070 million. The city provides shelter for the victims of the Tsunami.



But the generous hands of the UAE in Indonesia started reaching out to Indonesians long before the Tsunami disaster. The RCA started its humanitarian and charity projects in Indonesia more than 15 years ago, reaching out to the poor and needy. The RCA has so far spent, from 1994 to 2004, a total amount of Dh23 million on its charity and humanitarian programmes in Indonesia. These projects include the building of two villages consisting of 100 housing units with all the necessary health, education and services facilities included. This is in addition to 300 mosques, the drilling of 221 water wells and other projects. – Emirates News Agency, WAM

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