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Archi in Jakarta for bilateral consultations and support for Italian businesses

Indonesia: the world’s fourth largest country, a model pluralist society, a leading ASEAN country, an active member of the G20, a market of 240 million potential consumers, and projected to be the 7th global economy by 2025. These are just some of the figures illustrating the country that welcomed Deputy Foreign Minister Bruno Archi on his visit to Jakarta on 25 and 26 July 2013.

A common will to strengthen and deepen the Italian-Indonesian dialogue: that was the strong message emerging from Archi’s talks with his Indonesian foreign affairs, industry and defence counterparts.

The bilateral consultations at deputy foreign minister level provided an opportunity to review the recently revitalised bilateral relations. The Italian-Indonesian relationship has been raised to global partnership status, most recently with the mission in May 2013 that saw over 100 companies and trade associations visit Indonesia.

The two deputy foreign ministers discussed the plans for the celebrations of the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Italy and Indonesia, with an integrated programme of events and initiatives in the two countries. The aim here is to foster greater mutual awareness and promote both countries’ spheres of excellence in the economic, scientific and cultural sectors. In this, they will grasp the opportunities opened up by Expo Milan 2015 for useful synergies on the event’s main themes.

The Indonesian Foreign Minister, Marty Natalegawa, expressed his firm support for this proposal at his meeting with deputy minister Archi. Natalegawa also reiterated the two countries’ shared goal of a continuous political dialogue at the highest level, in both bilateral spheres and international fora.

Investment and industrial collaboration opportunities were also the focus of Archi’s talks with the Indonesian defence and industry ministers, at which he was accompanied by Italian business representatives. The Indonesians expressed a keen interest in Italian technology in the defence, machinery, components and clean energy sectors. They also showed an interest in potential Italian support for training in the textile and footwear sectors.

At the end of his mission to Jakarta, Archi will be meeting Sulisto, President of the country’s main business organisation, along with leading members of the Indonesian business community and Italian businesses present in the country.

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