Chairperson of the Presidential Advisory Council Republic of Indonesia Visited India

Chairperson of the Presidential Advisory Council Republic of Indonesia Prof. Dr. Sri Adiningsih and delegation paid a working visit to New Delhi and Chennai on 22-25 June 2015. The purpose of the visit was to gather information regarding Indian economic growth set to 7.4 per cent which then considered as the highest growth in the world albeit world economic growth slowdown has occurred recently. Also, the Chairperson intended to gain first-hand information regarding infrastructure in India that boost India’s economy. 

In New Delhi, the visit was dedicated to oversee economic policies and infrastructure development in India. For this end, H.E. Ambassador of Indonesia Rizali W. Indrakesuma along with officials of the economic division of the Embassy accompanied Prof. Sri Adiningsih and her delegation to meet officials of the government of India, chamber of commerce and think tank namely Minister of State for Finance, National Institution for Transforming India Aayog (NITI Aayog), Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) and Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER). After such meetings, the Chairperson had a meeting with staffs of the Embassy and presented her views on the current Indonesian economic development.

In Chennai, Prof. Sri Adiningsih and delegation accompanied by official of the economic division of the Embassy and honorary consul of Indonesia had a meeting with officials of the Indonesia Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) followed by a field visit to Chennai seaport to have insights and inputs for the infrastructure development in Indonesia. In the port of Chennai, Secretary Chennai Port Trust explained comprehensively the infrastructure development of the deep seaport/container management in Chennai as well as Build-Operate-Transfer cooperation between DP World (Dubai) and PSA Singapore. Further, the Chairperson also witnessed a signing of agreement on the cooperation in production and distribution of furniture between CV Gajah Sungging Indonesia and Teak Heirlooms Ltd India.

Prof. Sri Adiningsih viewed that Indonesia has not yet explored deep cooperation with countries in South Asian region. In this regards, her visit to India was aimed to study the Indian government economic programs particularly the scheme of Infrastructure Bond and Infrastructure Fund. The valuable insights from the Indian government would be formulated as a policy advice to be considered by the President. In general, the objective of her visit was to strengthen and elevate Indonesia-India cooperation in the framework of strategic partnership.