20th 2014, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the
Republic of Indonesia to Venezuela, Prianti Gagarin Djatmiko - Singgih was
interviewed by Julián Rivas, a journalist from ANTV (National Assembly TV) on a
show called “Somos el Sur” (We are
the South), to discuss the bilateral relations between Indonesia and Venezuela for
an hour of interview in Spanish.
Gagarin outlined that both countries are bound with a common characteristic as
a prominent leader in their respective regions. Indonesia is well known as a
leader in ASEAN and Venezuela is a leader in South America and Caribbean
region. Both are members of the Non Align Movement (NAM). Indonesia is one of
the founding fathers of the NAM, while Venezuela will be hosting the NAM summit
this year. In this regard, she underlined that the two countries could exchange
views on how to address the present challenges of this Movement.
bilateral note, it is understood that Indonesia and Venezuela share the same
values of social justice, democracy and territorial integrity. In terms of
democracy, for instance, our founding fathers determined five basic principles
(Pancasila) and one of those principles is representative democracy. In a
country with the majority of moslem population, Indonesia has proven that
democracy can live co-existent with Islam. On the other hand, Venezuela has
participative democracy that also could go hand in hand with socialism.
the seventh largest economy, member of G20, the fourth largest population and
the third largest democracy with one of the highest growth of middle class
population in the world, Indonesia is moving forward to become an interesting destination
to do business and investment. Indonesia’s foreign policy is now concentrating
more on economic diplomacy that will benefit the country directly. As South
American and Caribbean countries are considered as a non-traditional market that
are still untapped, all Indonesian embassies are now instructed to prioritize
in economic promotion as a main tool of diplomacy.
regional cooperation, as a vibrant and dynamic economic integration, ASEAN has
been trying to bring the region to the forefront of the world economy. It is
very important to connect ASEAN with other potential regional groupings and
dialogue partners since the ultimate goal of ASEAN economic community is making
the region a center of regional and global chain of production. ASEAN is a
prime mover in its relations with all the important global players in economy
like the US, China, Japan, South Korea, India, Russia, Australia and New
Zealand as its dialogue partners.
The embassy has consistently promoting economic relations through direct
rapprochement with business to business and private to private approach.
Through this mechanism we could share experiences, discuss the challenges and
find solution in fostering economic relations. Furthermore, the Embassy is
following instruction from capital in conducting promotion of four iconic
commodities, namely furniture, tourism, gastronomy and fashion. During its
participation in the Trade Expo Indonesia 2012, Venezuelan delegation
successfully registered the highest trade transaction from all Latin American
countries amounted to USD 25 million. Indonesia’s export commodities to
Venezuela are textile and its derivative manufactures, crumb rubber, footwear
and electric apparatus. While Venezuela’s export commodities to Indonesia are
organic chemical products, mineral including iron ore. Export of textile and
its derivative manufactures have been registered as the main contributor to
Indonesia’s export to Venezuela for the period of January-July 2014. The latest
report indicated that fashion industry has become the second source of devisa for
the creative economy sector and this has been an impetus for Venezuela to also
develop this sector. To serve the purpose, the Embassy has been trying to
establish a joint cooperation with Indonesia’s largest textile factory that has
interest to expand its investment in Venezuela by among others creating an
international brand garment, where young and talented Venezuelan designers shall
interview was broadcasted in prime time and re-broadcasted six times and
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