Indonesia, Belarus bolster bilateral ties

JAKARTA, Nov. 11 (Xinhua) -- Indonesia and Belarus on Wednesday bolstered their bilateral ties by conducting consultations and signing a memorandum of understanding between the two countries' chamber of industry and trade, a high-ranking official said here.

Ambassador Retno L.P. Marsudi, the Director General for America and Europe at the Foreign Ministry, told the press that talks between the two countries emphasized on economic field.

The meeting aims to keep steady trade balance between the two countries and promote cooperation opportunity in sectors of economy, trade, investment, energy, education and social-culture.

"In 2007, trade between Indonesia and Belarus reached 32.2 million U.S. dollars and it increased 318 percent to 135 million dollars in 2008," said Retno.

In 2009, she added, the trade value decreased, impacted by the global financial crisis.

"We hope that in 2010, everything will be back to normal," said Retno.

Apart of the MoU signing, the talks will exchange information on trade legislation.

According to Retno, Indonesia is exploring to expand its agricultural product export to Belarus as well as to Russia and Ukraine. Indonesia will also explore to export handicraft and furniture products.

The Belarusian delegation was led by Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Aleinik.

The two countries established diplomatic relations on June 18, 1993.


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