“I concur with Ambassador Jose Manuel Silva’s proposal to make the results of this Bilateral Consultation Forum between Indonesia-Chile into a Plan of Action, because they are concrete and oriented towards actions”, stated the Chairman of the Indonesian Economic Diplomacy Task Force Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya at a meeting with Ambassador Jose Manuel Silva during the 4th Bilateral Consultation Forum held in Chile on the 28th of September 2015.
The draft MOU Cooperation between the two countries in the fields of marine and fishery that consist of cooperation in counter measuring Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and fishery technology management, hopefully can be signed and implemented in the nearby future. At the meantime, Indonesia is looking into the possibility of establishing cooperation with Chile in the field of sports namely soccer and student exchange which was welcomed and counter offered by the Chilean side by offering a “Working Holiday” program.
Ambassador Manuel Silva has stated Chile’s hope that the second meeting of the Indonesia-Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement IC-CEPA will soon be held. The agreement will hopefully increase the value of trade that currently is recorded at US$ 419 million in 2014.
Both parties agreed to look into the possibility of strengthening investment, especially in the area of infrastructure, taking into consideration factors such as Indonesia being a large potential market, also in the framework of ASEAN and Chile in the context of the Pacific Alliance. In total, ASEAN has the potential of 600 million people and a GDP of around US$ 2,5 trillion and the Pacific Alliance with a population of 214 million people with a GDP of around US$ 2,1 trillion (37% of the GDP in Latin America).
Related to the efforts of increasing the number of Chilean tourist visiting Indonesia, Ambassador Ngurah Swajaya offered a Familiarization Trip Program for Chilean Tour Operators. This program will allow Chilean to know Indonesia and have contacts with their partners in Indonesia and finally be able to arrange a tour package of Indonesia in Chile. At the same time, the Indonesian side also invited Chile to make investments in the field of infrastructure such as seaports, airport and energy projects.
In the field of political defense, Indonesia invited the Chilean Defense Minister to the International Defense Dialogue (JIDD) in 2016. The Chilean Delegation provided confirmation with regards to the Chilean’s Navy participation as an observer at the 2nd Multilateral Naval Exercise Komodo in Padang, West Sumatera on the 12-16 of April 2016. Moreover it was informed that the Esmeralda Tall Ship Chile will be visiting Bali in 2016.
Both parties exchanged views on related regional and international issues, such as ASEAN, Pacific Alliance and FEALAC. Besides that, both parties discussed establishing cooperation with regards to supporting candidacy in international forums, including Indonesia’s candidacy as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the period of 2019-2020.
The diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Chile was established in 1955 and this year both countries Commemorate the 50th Anniversary of diplomatic relations in the form of events such as the Dinner Flavors of Chile held by the Chilean Embassy in Jakarta on the 1st of September 2015 and the Tourism, Trade and Investment (TTI) Seminar held by the Indonesian Embassy in Santiago on the 29th of September 2015. At the bilateral consultation, both delegations agreed to hold a Historical Documentation Exposition of 50 Years of Diplomatic Relations between Indonesia and Chile which will be done at the Embassy of both parties di Jakarta and Santiago.