The Third High-Level Joint Commission of Indonesia and Venezuela Strengthens Bilateral Relations



1.     The 3rd High-Level Joint Commission (HLJC) between Republic of Indonesia and the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela was held on 11 June 2013 in Bali.
2.     The Meeting was chaired by Director General for American and EuropeanAffairs, Dian Triansyah Djani. Both head of delegations signed two documents, namely an “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on Visa Exemption for Holders of Diplomatic and Service Passports” and “Memorandum of Understanding between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia and the Ministry of People’s Power for Foreign Affairs of Venezuela on Diplomatic Education and Training”. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Ambassador of Indonesia in Caracas and Charge d’Affaires of Venezuela in Jakarta.
3.     The HLJC was held seven years after the 2nd HLJC in Bandung (2005) and the 1st HLJC in Caracas (2001) which was held alternately in respective country. Both Parties identified future áreas of cooperation: energy, trade, investment, agriculture, scholarship and culture. They also agreed to expand the cooperation not only at government level, but also between the Parliaments, business sector, academicians and enhance people-to-people contact.
4.     Indonesia offered its expertise in construction and infrastructure-building, SMEs training under the purview of South-South Cooperation and scholarship. Indonesia also interested in learning the vote-counting mechanism in the General Election as the Venezuelan vote machine was praised as the most accurate in the world by Jimmy Carter Foundation. Indonesia reiterated its request for the support of Venezuela on Indonesia’s candidacy at the Human Rights Council, non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council, ICAO and IMO. Venezuela has supported for Indonesia’s candidacy in ECOSOC. Indonesia also requested Venezuela’s support for the initiative of Indonesia and Colombia to revitalize FEALAC.
5.     Venezuela emphasized its priority to install an Ambassador in Jakarta which has been vacant for the past seven years. Venezuela also offered cooperation in agriculture by utilizing its vast área for agriculture and developing Economic Zone to increase bilateral trade.
6.     Both Parties agreed to actively enhance relationship at bilateral, inter-regional (through FEALAC and ASEAN-MERCOSUR) and multilateral level, such as the G-77 and China, the UN, South-South Cooperation and during the Venezuela’s chairmanship for the NAM Summit in 2015.
7.     To increase cooperation in business and people-to-people contact, Indonesia invited Venezuela to participate in Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) 2013 and Bali DemocracyForum (BDF). The HLJC was a follow-up of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by President Abdurrahman Wahid and President Hugo Chavez Frias on 29 May 2001.
8.     The Fourth High-LevelJointCommission (HLJC) will be held in Venezuela in 2014.
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