Indonesia and Poland Focus on Concrete Cooperation

Jakarta, 26 November 2018: Indonesia and Poland agreed to focus on concrete cooperation directly impacting on people of both countries. This was conveyed by Indonesian Foreign Minister, Retno LP Marsudi, after a bilateral meeting with Poland's Foreign Minister, Jacek Czaputowicz, in Jakarta (26/11).

Foreign Minister Retno conveyed that Indonesia and Poland have many similarities and the potential of extensive cooperation. “Several sectors of cooperation currently focused on and which will be pushed are trade and investment, maritime, defense industry, energy, and people-to-people contacts," She said.

Bilateral trade between Indonesia and Poland is about USD 400-600 million per year and having a positive trend annually. At present, Poland has total of investment project in Indonesia reaching 54 projects from year of 2016 until September 2018. Poland's biggest investment project that stands out today is in the energy sector, namely the construction of hydropower stations in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, with an investment of around 80 million Euros.

In the field of tourism, the two countries also have a direct Aviation cooperation from Warsaw to Denpasar since 2016 and which has proven capable of driving up an increase in the number of Polish tourists to Indonesia. Both countries are currently developing cooperation in the maritime sector, including fisheries management and ship building.

In multilateral forums, the two countries agreed to work together on global issues by optimizing their respective status as UN Security Council Non-Permanent Members in 2019. Other issues also discussed at the meeting were climate change, especially COP24 in Katowice, Poland, including about sustainable palm oil management in Indonesia, ASEAN and the EU, as well as the idea of Indonesia's partnership with the Visegrad Group or V4 (V4 is an acronym for Visegrad Countries, 4 countries in Central Europe: Poland, Hungary, Czech and Slovakia).

During his visit to Indonesia, in addition to meeting with the Indonesian Foreign Minister, Minister Czaputowicz also met with the Governor of the Special Region of Yogyakarta, Sri Sultan Hamengkubuwono X in Yogyakarta, the Minister of Religion of the Republic of Indonesia, and the Deputy Secretary General of ASEAN. On Tuesday (27/11), the Polish Foreign Minister inaugurated the opening of Poland's Investment and Trade Agency in Jakarta and conducted a Business Meeting attended by businessmen from both countries, in collaboration with BKPM and KADIN.​