“The current international-class seaports in Sorong and Jayapura,
Papua, can be a more lucrative entry point for MSG countries to access
the dynamic half-billion Southeast Asia market”. Stated Ambassador Desra
Percaya, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Indonesia at the
MSG Summit in Honiara, Solomon Islands on 14 July 2016.
Indonesia and the Melanesian Spearhead Group share the same objective
to prosper the Melanesian population. Fostering an economic and cultural
zone between the Southeast Asia and the MSG region can bring this goal
Indonesia and the MSG have all the means to realize this end.
The combined GDP of Southeast Asian countries is US$ 2.6 trillion with a
population of approximately 622 million people. Almost a quarter
billion of this population live in Indonesia, including the 11-million
strong Melanesian population.
Indonesia is a vibrant economy and
an important growing market for the MSG countries. With its current
annual growth, by 2030, Indonesia will be among the top ten biggest
economies in the world.
At the invitation of MSG members,
Indonesia is ready to sharing its experiences in ASEAN and the Asia
Pacific region to partner with MSG in connecting the two regions.
People-to-people connection between the 11 million Indonesian
Melanesians with the Pacific friends is a strong modality to
establishing a cultural and economic relationship between the two
Indonesia and the MSG should not lose sight of the
bigger picture and long-term interest of their people. What they have in
common far outweigh whatever differences they have. The goals of
economic growth, sustainable development, good governance and security
of the MSG also mirrors Indonesia’s own objectives.
sent an unequivocal message at the meetings: that while Indonesia and
the MSG are aspiring and work for the future, the ULMWP refuses to
progress”. Added Deputy Minister Percaya.
Furthermore Deputy Minister Percaya stated:
“Simply put, the ULMWP is no more than a separatist group that has no place in the MSG future”.
The Indonesian Delegation to the MSG meetings was led by Dr. Desra
Percaya, the Deputy Foreign Minister. Other members of the delegation
include officials from relevant ministries, representatives from the
Indonesian Provinces of Melanesian descent and Indonesia’s missions in
Canberra, Port Moresby and Suva.