HE Rizali Wilmar Indrakesuma, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to India
Honourable Ms. Ambika Sharma (Joint Director
Honourable Shri Dilip Gaur (Head – Pulp &
Fibre Business of the Aditya Birla Group)
Ladies and Gentlemen,
Good evening and warm
welcome to you. This evening, I am honoured to be here with you our honourable guests;
excellencies head of foreign missions; distinguished members of renowned Indian
chambers of commerce and industry; distinguished guests and friends.
It also gives me pleasure to
host tonight’s event which will feature cuisines prepared by chefs from Indonesia,
a fashion show of typical Indonesian outfits by Indonesian designers as well as
performance of traditional dances from Indonesia.
I would like to extend my
sincere thanks to the organisers from the Embassy, FICCI and Aditya Birla Group
for their endeavours to organise such a wonderful event tonight.
Earlier in the morning and
afternoon, most of you have been presented Indonesia from the perspective of
trade, investment, tourism, industry, and service. Tonight, I would like you to
enjoy another presentation of Indonesia from creative economy and culture
For over 6 decades, India
and Indonesia have enjoyed strong relationship supported by long-standing
shared historical affinity and close cultural ties that go back centuries or
millennia. The two countries are natural partners which share common values and
strategic interests including democracy, free market economy, tolerance, the
rule of law, and so on and so forth.
Both countries successfully
elevated the bilateral relations to strategic partnership in 2005. This
strategic partnership has opened opportunities for wider and deeper cooperation
in many sectors. From thereafter, MoUs in multiple sectors have been signed, high
level engagements have been conducted, high level officials have visited
respective countries, bilateral meetings have been established to have
intensive and coordinative interaction among officials of the ministries and
institutions, and some projects have been implemented for the cause of the
development and the people.
Over the past two years, the
two countries’ relations have been positively intense. We have witnessed that
President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had met in international
and regional fora. During their meetings, PM Modi had extended invitation to
President Joko Widodo to visit India. Now, we have high hopes that President
Joko Widodo will visit India some time at the end of this year. Likewise, we
also expect that Indian leaders of the highest levels would also visit Indonesia
in the near future.
In November of last year,
Vice President of India Hon’ble Hamid Ansari visited Jakarta and Bali. The visit
was productive and brought home fruitful and satisfactory results such as the signing
of MoU on Renewable Energy Cooperation and Cultural Exchanges as well as
business interaction in several forums.
Indonesia – India
cooperation has successfully resulted in business-to-business benefits. Trade
volume between Indonesia and India is enormous, standing at US$ 16.7 billion. Annually,
palm oil and coal are the major export commodities to India. However, we want
the commodities to be diversified to include major manufactured goods and
Nonetheless, I see that in between
the benefits lay some gaps particularly in business-to-business contact. To
narrow this gap, while both governments’ role is to facilitate, businessmen
from the two countries need to enhance their engagements.
Let me therefore take this
opportunity to urge business people from India and Indonesia to strengthen
their good networking in order to reap more benefits. I believe the commercial
links should be preserved well as part of the two countries’ legacy.
I see many opportunities
and prosperity in both countries’ business, trade and investment sectors. By
the Indonesia Exposé Day, I would like to offer more commodities which can be traded
as well as opportunities for investment.
I wish you good luck in all
your deliberations and business interactions during the Indonesia Exposé Day.
Finally, I hope you enjoy
the dinner and the shows and may this evening be a pleasant and memorable for
all of us.