and Romania have agreed to boost economic ties through the signing of a
cooperation agreement between the chambers of commerce and industry of the two
countries during the visit of Romanian Foreign Minister Lazăr Comănescu to
“The fact is, last
night, upon my arrival to Indonesia, the chamber[s] of commerce and industry
from both Indonesia and Romania have signed a memorandum of understanding on
their cooperation. The agreement has opened up the path for both chambers to
diversify contact between business players from both countries,” Comănescu said
following a bilateral meeting with his Indonesian counterpart, Foreign Minister
Retno LP Marsudi, in Jakarta on Wednesday.
Comănescu brought a
team of business delegates from various industries, including energy,
construction, customer goods and agriculture. While in Indonesia he is also
participating in the Trade Expo Indonesia 2016. Trade between Indonesia and
Romania reached US$117.64 million in 2015.
Comănescu's visit to
Indonesia is the first from a Romanian foreign minister since relations between
the two countries were established 66 years ago.
Both Retno and
Comănescu highlighted the potential for strengthening cooperation in
“There is a
possibility for our two countries to strengthen bilateral relations in
infrastructure because it is one of the priorities of the Indonesian
government,” Retno said.
Comănescu is set to
meet with Transportation Minister Budi Karya Sumadi to discuss possible forms
The two countries
have expressed mutual support for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security
Council. Indonesia hopes to secure a seat for the 2019-2020 term, while Romania
is eyeing a seat for the 2020-2021 term.***
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