Indonesia, Romania strengthen economic ties – Indonesia 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 Jakarta.

“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 infrastructure development. 
“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 of cooperation. 
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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Editing: T. Bintang

source: Thejakartapost

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