On the 21st of September 2010, the delegation of the Republic
of Indonesia led by Director General
of America and Europe, Ambassador Retno L.P. Marsudi who was accompanied by the Ambassador of the
Republic of Indonesia for the
Republic of Argentina, Dr. Nurmala Kartini Sjahrir Panjaitan have attended the 5th Session of the Indonesia-Argentina
Joint Commission in Buenos Aires.
The Indonesian delegation, consisted of representatives from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Director for South America
and the Caribbean and Director for Technical Cooperation), Ministry of Trade
(Directorate of Bilateral Cooperation I) and the Ministry of Energy and Mineral
Resources (Directorate for Downstream Business Development, the Directorate
General of Oil and Gas), and the Embassy of Indonesia in Buenos Aires.
While the Argentine delegation was led by Ambassador Rodolfo Rodriguez,
Vice National Director for International Economic Negotiations Division,
Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Argentina.
The meeting agreed on the draft Agreement on Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic
and Service Passports. This agreement is considered essential to further
improve bilateral relations between Indonesia
by facilitating mutual visits and exchange of officials from both countries.
As part of the Joint Committee sessions, representatives of the Ministry of
Energy and Natural Resources Minerals have conducted field visits to the
Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) stations in Buenos Aires,
in order to obtain data and information on Argentina's experience on developing
CNG technology for vehicles.
have continued to show improvement year after year. The figures for the year of 2009 for bilateral trade have reached
US$ 823.15 million. In the first semester of 2010, Indonesia's exports have increased
by 74%. Apart from efforts to
improve bilateral trade, the two delegations also worked to increase
cooperation in the field of investment, tourism, energy and education. Both
Delegations have also negotiated on two draft agreements on technical cooperation
and the agreement on scientific and technology cooperation.
Indonesia and Argentina are
two developing countries who are both members of the G20. The two countries are
also currently coordinators of the Forum of East Asia and Latin America
Cooperation (FEALAC), which Indonesia Indonesia will
host the Senior Officials Meeting (SOM) FEALAC in October 2010 in Bali, and Argentina will
host the Foreign Minister level meeting in 2011. Both countries are also conducting
cooperation in the context of ASEAN and MERCOSUR.