20 September 2010
The Delegation of the People´s Consultative Assembly of the Republic of Indonesia (Majelis Permusyawaratan Rakyat/MPR) on behalf of its members extends hereby to the government and people of Colombia its best wishes and felicitation for the Bicentenary of Colombia, the accomplishment of the democratic celebration during the year 2010 and the recent inauguration of the new Congress and Dr.Juan Manuel Santos as the new President of the Republic of Colombia. The MPR wishes Colombia would continue to benefit from the security and political stability as the fruit of the Democratic Security policy of the government of ex President Alvaro Uribe Velez as well as the economic growth in many years to come.
The delegation noted that during 20 years of diplomatic engagement between Indonesia and Colombia, both countries have managed to build excellent friendship, mutual support and enjoyed a productive cooperation at bilateral as well as multilateral level. The delegation appreciated the invaluable and continued support of the government and people of Colombia to the people and government of Indonesia in its quest for territorial integrity, political stability the consolidation of democracy and people prosperity. Vis-versa, the Delegation of the Indonesia´s House of Representatives extends hereby its sincere solidarity and support to the people and government of Colombia in their pursuit for democratic prosperity, national security, territorial integrity and social justice.
The Delegation appreciated the role of Colombia and its contribution to the Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) in which Indonesia is a proponent country. The Delegation noted that Colombia was the Chairman of the NAM conference in 1995 which was convened in Cartagena. The role of Colombia at the NAM showed the close relationship and common position of both countries in various international issues.
The Delegation acknowledged that, due to domestic affairs of the respective countries in the past, there have been very limited exchanges of visits of high level officials between the two countries so far. However, it is worth to notice that there were a number of Indonesian delegations visited Colombia recently. At bilateral level, Indonesian Minister of Mine and Energy, Purnomo Yusgiantoro, visited Bogota on 21 July 2009. The visit is intended to enhance cooperation between both sides on energy sector, inclusively, the cooperation between Indonesian State Oil Company Pertamina and Ecopetrol of Colombia. The delegation of the institute of Indonesian Transport Development Program (ITDP) regularly visited Bogota for a comparative study on TransMillennium of Bogota as inputs for the improvement of the transportation system in Jakarta, inclusively, Trans-Jakarta. The existence of the twin Antipode (Equator) Monument in Palembang and Neiva was excellent evidence that both sides have a lot of potential for cooperation. The existing Agreement on Technical and Economic Cooperation on 13 October 1999 between the two countries could serve as the umbrella for other cooperation in the future, such as in the field of agriculture (palm oil, cocoa, rubber, rice and coffee), energy (oil and gas, bio fuel), tourism, trade and education and social cultural affairs.
On issues of cooperation at international level, the Delegation recorded that Indonesian delegation participated in various international conferences held by the government of Colombia, such as, conference on DDR (Disarmament, Demobilization and Reintegration) at Cartagena in May 2009; Forum on Energy, on July 2009 in Medellin; the Second Evaluation Conference of the Ottawa Convention on Anti-personnel mines on December 2009 in Cartagena; The High Level Event on South-South Cooperation and Capacity Development (HLE on SSC and CD) on March 2010 in Bogota; and Conference on Biological Diversity (CBD) on March 2010 in Cali.
At regional level, the Delegation noted that Colombia is an active participant of the FEALAC´s program of cooperation with ASEAN, particularly on Counter Terrorism, in which Indonesia is a leading country. With regard to the interest of Colombia to join APEC, the MPR is of the view that Colombia, as an emerging regional economic power, deserves for the position.
At multilateral forum, the Delegation noted that both countries shared common views and position on various strategic issues such as on human rights, anti terrorism, climate change, energy, bio diversity, forestry, the reform of the UN, the reform of global financial institutions, the achievement of millennium development goals (MDGs), South-South Cooperation etc. Both countries also developed excellent cooperation in various international organizations such as at the UN, IMO, International Narcotic Control Board (INCB), Non-Alignment Movement (NAM) and F-11.
At the grass root level, it is noted that, thanks to the faster than expected global economic recovery, there is an increasing tendency of people and people contacts in the last few years, particularly among the business people. In this year of 2010, it is expected that there will be more Colombian business people to visit Indonesia Trade Expo 2010. This inspiring development is expected to gradually transform radically the negative images of both countries and bolster business relations between both nations.
The Delegation was aware of the fact that Colombia and Indonesia are countries selected currently by the HSBC bank consultant as the CIVETS (Colombia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Egypt, Turkey, South Africa), a new group of countries which have great economic potential after the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) in the next decade to come. Therefore, the Delegation welcome the decision of the new government of Colombia to re open its embassy in Jakarta which was closed in 2002 and put Indonesia as a priority country in its agenda.
The objectives of the Delegation visit are:
- to learn the process of democracy and study the development of Colombia;
- to encourage both governments to promote and strengthen friendship and people to people contact between the two nations;
- To explore any potential of cooperation between the two House of Representatives on areas such as exchange of information and visits, trainings, promotion of friendship group or lobbies at parliaments level to improve a better images of both countries at international media.
- Introducing the Indonesian model of democracy, namely Pancasila Democracy. Despite of the biggest archipelago, moslem majority population, the continuous existence of right and left extremism, separatist sentiments, multi ethnics and vast diversity in culture, Indonesia managed to survive the democratic transition in 1998. Since then, Indonesia consolidated its democratic process peacefully as showed at the national elections in 2004 and 2009. Considering all of this, Indonesia is now considered as the third biggest democracy in the world after India and the US.
- - Thanks to the international support, inclusively the support of the Colombian people, Indonesia manage to consolidate its territorial integrity, political stability and democratic process so that the country eventually overcame the economic crisis recently and the enjoys a relatively excellent economic development currently. The economy grew around 4.5% in 2009 and thanks to the world economic recovery and the influx of foreign investment, the economy is estimated to grow 7% in 2010.
- As the biggest economy in South Asia region, Indonesia´s market offers vast opportunities for Colombian export products to enter the whole Asian market. Therefore, there is a great need for Colombia to increase its presence in Indonesian market.
- To promote closer cooperation at regional and international forum, such as in the Inter Parliament Union (IPU), FEALAC, and ASEAN-MERCOSUR etc.
The Delegation has made a courtesy call to Vice-President, Minister of Mines and Energy, Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs and Vice-Minister of Justice and discussed several issues as follow:
- Cooperation on Biofuel and Joint investment between two national oil company; Ecopetrol and Pertamina.
- Cooperation on fighting against illicit drug and preparing a stategy to reduce poverty.
- Cooperation on environment protection.
- Cooperation between equator countries on information and ecological satellite launching.