4th JOINT COMMISION FOR BILATERAL COOPERATION (JCBC) BETWEEN THE REPUBLIC OF INDONESIA AND LAO PEOPLE’S DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC

​​The Honourable R.M. Marty Natalegawa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of The Republic of Indonesia lead the Indonesian delegation to the 4th Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) between the Republic of Indonesia and the Lao People’s Democratic Republic in Vientiane, Laos on 11 July 2013. Prior to the JCBC, Senior Official Meeting (SOM) was held on 10 July 2013 under the co-chairmanship of Mr. Mai SAYAVONGS, Acting Director General for Department of Asia-Pacific and Africa, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Lao PDR, and Mr. Yuri Octavian Thamrin, Director General for Department of Asia-Pacific and Africa, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia. The meeting, co-chaired by the two officials of Foreign Affairs, was held in a cordial atmosphere of friendship and mutual understanding reflecting the strong traditional bonds of friendship and close cooperation existing between the two countries. During the 4th JCBC Meting, both Ministers for Foreign Affairs discussed issues related to the bilateral cooperation between Laos PDR and Indonesia, which included among others, enhancing the cooperation and understanding between the two legislative bodies, promoting bilateral cooperation on drug issues, enhancing capacity building and further collaborate and exchanging information in preventing and combating transnational crimes, promoting trade and economic cooperation through organization of Laos-Indonesia Business Forum and participation in trade exhibition and fairs in the Lao PDR and vice versa, intensifying cooperation and further implementation of the MOU between the Governments of the Lao PDR and the Republic of Indonesia on Agriculture Cooperation, signed on 20 February 1997, encouraging the airlines of the two countries to consider open direct flight, promoting tourism between the two countries, exchanging of visits, sharing experience, information, and encouraging tourism on Historical, Cultural and Natural sites of the two countries. While in Vientiane, Foreign Minister R.M. Marty Natalegawa also paid a courtesy call on Vice President, H.E. Bounnhang Vorachith at the Presidential Palace. The JCB has indeed enhanced further the bilateral relations between the Governments of the Lao PDR and the Republic of Indonesia. Indonesia will host the 5th JCBC in 2015.