Bali, 28 October 2018: The Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, Retno L.P. Marsudi, has received a work visit from the Minister for Foreign Affairs of Norway, Ine Eriksen Søreide, on Sunday (28/10), in Bali. The Norwegian Foreign Minister visited Indonesia to carry out the 4th Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) and at the same time together with the Indonesian Foreign Minister opened the 13th Indonesia-Norway Human Rights Dialogue.
At this fourth Indonesia-Norway JCBC meeting, both parties have provided a discussion agenda of priority cooperation on enhancing bilateral cooperation in the field of environment, forestry (including REDD+ partnership program), maritime and fishery (including eradicating IUU Fishing and the sustainable development of maritime economy), and trade and investment (including completion of the Indonesia-EFTA CEPA negotiation).
“Indonesia and Norway have a solid bilateral partnership. We have strong relations in various fields, such as the environment, forestry and climate change, renewable energy, and human rights," said Foreign Minister Retno.
At the end of the meeting a Joint Statement has been signed on Partnership Initiative for Institutional Development of Indonesia's South-South and Triangular Cooperation-SSTC Indonesia – Norway. In this case, Indonesia and Norway agreed to commit to developing a triangular and south-south cooperation program, which will last until 2019.
In parallel, on the same day was also held the 13th Indonesia-Norway Human Rights Dialogue Meeting.. The meeting is a regular forum for both countries to exchange views in order to promote and protect human rights in each country. A number of shared topics on the discussion agenda included children's rights, military and police, and democracy and religious tolerance.
In the Human Rights Dialogue the Indonesian Delegation was led by the Director General for American and European Affairs, of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, and consisted of delegates among others from the headquarters of Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI), the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the Ministry of Religion, and the Indonesian National Police (Polri). Meanwhile, the Norwegian Delegation in the Human Rights Dialogue was led by the Director General of UN and Humanitarian Affairs, the Norwegian Foreign Minister and consisted of experts in the field of Human Rights and related ministries in Norway.
The Indonesia-Norway Human Rights Dialogue Meeting is a bilateral forum established since 2002. Meanwhile, the JCBC Meeting is a Foreign Ministerial meeting forum held under the MoU on the Establishment of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation signed in 2013.
In addition to the bilateral meeting, a series of work visits by the Norwegian Foreign Minister included attending the 2018 Our Ocean Conference (OOC) in Bali. On the sidelines of the OOC activities, Indonesia and Norway were planned to sign the LoI on Cooperation in Oceans and Fisheries. (MoFA RI)