INDONESIAN NEWS LETTER
- JANUARY 2010 -
 

RI OPENS 10 NEW REPERSENTATIVE OFFICES ABROAD


    Jakarta - Indonesia has officially opened nine new embassies and one Asean representative office this week.

    The nine embassies are in Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Oman, Mozambique, Panama, Equador, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Croatia, according to the foreign ministry on Friday.

    The opening of the new embassies is part of the government`s efforts to develop relations and cooperation with those countries as well as to increase the country`s diplomatic reach and performance.

    The main reason for the decision is to serve and protect Indonesian citizens, referring as an example to 14,000 Indonesian migrant workers in Bahrain, 30,000 in Oman and 7,000 ship crew who stay in Panama.

    In economic terms. the opening of the embassies is expected to be able to help develop economic cooperation potentials through trade promotion, tourism and investment.

    The potentials for cooperation in the economic field and energy are expected to increase following the opening of embassies in Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Equador and Croatia.

    Indonesia meanwhile hopes its non-traditional export market for its products will increase with the opening of embassies in Mozambique and Bosnia-Herzegovina.

    Indonesia has also decided to raise the status of consulates in Perth, Australia, into a consulate general in line with the development in the relations between Indonesia and Australia and the number of Indonesian citizens living in the region.

    The opening of the permanent representative to the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) in Jakarta meanwhile is the realization of the country`s committment to the implementation of the Asean Charter, it said.

    The aim of the opening of the Asean representative is to realize the country`s interests in Asean. It will be led by a permanent representative with an ambassador status.

    With regard to carrying out his task the Asean permanent representative would also sit in the Asean permanent representative committee.

    The committee is expected to be the engine of cooperation among Asean member countries especially in the formulation of policies and implementation of Asean cooperation.

    The establishment of the committee is aimed at increasing coordination, coherence and implementation of various Asean agreements and cooperation..

-Antara, 23 January 2010-


Bucharest
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