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Indonesia, Rwanda commit to strengthen bilateral cooperation in a number of fields

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Jakarta, IO – Indonesia Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Rwanda Foreign Minister Vincent Biruta agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation on various issues including combating transnational and economic crimes.

Their meeting produced several commitments. First, political and security cooperation, where they signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on political consultations which will serve as the basis for discussing various aspects of bilateral cooperation and exchanging ideas on international issues, per Kemlu, Thu (6/6).

“Indonesia and Rwanda have also increased security cooperation over the past few years. Currently both countries are finalizing an MoU on police cooperation in handling transnational organized crime and strengthening capacity development,” said Retno.

Both countries also agreed to strengthen economic cooperation. The value of Indonesia-Rwanda trade has continued to increase since the pandemic. Last year it doubled and in the first quarter this year it reached 32 percent.

“We believe the opportunity to continue to grow is still wide open. To encourage economic cooperation, today we signed an MoU on general cooperation in the fields of trade, agriculture, industry, energy and mining,” she said.

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Both countries are also exploring the establishment of an Indonesia-Rwanda preferential trade agreement (PTA) as well as the PTA between Indonesia and the East African Community (EAC).

Lastly, both sides are committed to strengthen people-to-people relations through the Visa Free Agreement for diplomatic and service passport holders. Since February 2023, Rwandans can get on-arrival visa to enter Indonesia. This is expected to increase the intensity of interactions between the two countries, especially among officials and businesspeople. (bp)

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