Bilateral Relations between Indonesia and Luxembourg

Diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Luxembourg began in 1973. Indonesian representation to Luxembourg is through the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Brussels. Meanwhile, Luxembourg representation to Indonesia is being done by the Embassy of Luxembourg in Bangkok, Thailand.

 Relations between the two countries have been intensifying over the last years. At the leaders’ level, the Vice President of Indonesia, Jusuf Kalla and Prime Minister of Luxembourg, Xavier Bettel had conducted a bilateral meeting during the 70th UN General Assembly in New York, the United States, on 29 September 2015 and discussed cooperation opportunities in financial services, counter-terrorism, and telecommunications industry.

At the ministerial level, both foreign ministers conducted a bilateral meeting during the 12th ASEM FMM in Luxembourg on 5 November 2015. They had discussed the development of cooperation in Islamic finance sector, visa-free entry, and interfaith dialogue.

 Economic cooperation

In the economic sector, Luxembourg is well recognised as a leading financial hub. In the last 3 years, however, Indonesia and Luxembourg trade relations has been declining. Total trade between Indonesia and Luxembourg in January-August 2016 reached 10.8 millions with surplus to Luxembourg, with its import to Indonesia amounted 9.74 million Euros (Indonesia's export amounted 0.44 million Euros).

Indonesian exports to Luxembourg comprise of rubber (86,0%), tire (9,9%), glass (3,6%), and footwear (0,3%). Meanwhile, Indonesian imports from Luxembourg include coal and steel (31,2%), cable (14,4%), cooling machine (7,5%), food and drink packaging (4,9%), cutlery (4,8%), and nickel (2,4%).

The total amount of investments from Luxembourg to Indonesia amounted to USD 30.5 million in the year 2015