Indonesia and Argentina Agree to Exempt Visas for Bearers of Diplomatic and Service Passports


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 and Argentina 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.

Indonesia’s relations with Argentina 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.