Monthly Archives: November 2013

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RI, Dutch Set for More Tangible, Equal Partnership

Indonesia and the Netherlands are set to bring their relations to new heights by agreeing on a Joint Declaration on a Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, in which the two countries will express their wish for a more tangible and equal partnership.

The agreement for a strengthened relationship will be delivered during an official visit of Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte to Jakarta from Nov. 20 to 22.

Rutte will meet President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as well as Vice President Boediono and focus on strengthening the political and economic ties between the two countries.

“They will close their meeting with a Joint Declaration on a Comprehensive Partnership Agreement, in which the two countries will express their wish for an equal and future-oriented partnership,” the Dutch Embassy said in a statement sent to The Jakarta Post on Monday.

Rutte will be accompanied by two ministers — Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Lilianne Ploumen and Agriculture Minister Sharon Dijksma — and a big business delegation that is regarded “the largest such delegation ever to visit Indonesia”.

The chair of the Dutch employers’ organization VNO-NCW, Bernard Wientjes, and a trade mission of 15 CEOs and representatives of more than 100 Dutch companies will be part of the prime minister’s delegation, which will make new contacts and strengthen existing ones at various seminars, and on visits to local companies and at the Indonesia-Netherlands Business Dinner.

The forum will offer the business community excellent opportunities, especially in agriculture, horticulture, food processing, water, infrastructure, logistics and health care.

The Netherlands and Indonesia have long enjoyed strong political, cultural and economic ties. The country is Indonesia’s second-biggest trading partner in Europe. In 2012, trade between the two countries was worth ¤3.5 billion (US$ 4.7 billion).

Rutte is scheduled to arrive on Tuesday evening and his official program will begin on Wednesday morning, with a plenary conference with Dutch and Indonesia business representatives, discussing ways to strengthen economic cooperation. The two ministers will attend separate sessions on infrastructure, health, agri-food and horticulture.

While Rutte speaks with Indonesian alumni of Dutch universities, Ploumen will visit a health center, where she will discuss how Dutch specialists in health and life sciences can help Indonesia achieve universal health coverage in 2014.

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Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte (Nov 2013, Jakarta Post)

On Thursday, Rutte and Ploumen will discuss large-scale sea defenses that Indonesia is planning with Dutch assistance. The aim is to protect the population against flooding while developing the coastal region around Jakarta.
Rutte will then visit a dredger belonging to Rotterdam-based marine contractor Van Oord, whose representatives will describe the company’s part in the expansion of the Jakarta port.

On Friday, he will open the Sustainable Production and Trade Forum and will lay a wreath at the Heroes Monument in Kalibata and at the Menteng Pulo Dutch War Cemetery.

Sumber: Jakarta Post


Indonesia Promotes the development of NCICD

The delegation of Indonesia has participated in the Conference of the 2013 International Water Week (IWW) in Amsterdam , 4-8 November 2013 .  The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to the Kingdom of the Netherlands along with other Indonesian delegation from the Indonesian Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Ministry of Environment, Ministry of Public Works, the Provincial Government of Jakarta attended the opening ceremony of the IWW conducted in Amsterdam RAI, on Monday, November 4, 2013. As many 1,500 guests from several countries were attended the opening ceremony.

The IWW was opened by opening remarks from H.E. Mrs M. Schiltz van Haegen, the Minister of Infrastructure and Environment of the Kingdom of Netherlands and H.R.H. Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan as chairman UNSGAB (United Nations Secretary General ‘s Advisory Board on Water and Sanitation). In their remarks, they underscored the importance efforts to increase people  and government awareness as well as cooperation in the field of water related problems, including water depletion,  global warming and disasters, floods, access to clean water, sanitation, green economy and other related matters.

Meanwhile, the Deputy Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs on Development Regional and Infrastructure of the Republic of Indonesia,  Mr. Luki Eko Wuryanto during his keynote on this opening ceremony  highlighted efforts taken by the Indonesian government to tackle and overcome water related problems in Indonesia, especially in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. He explained Indonesia’s  positive achievements in economic growth as well as development, while on the other hand facing challanges in water related problems. Using the case of Jakarta, he mentioned some challenges including land subsidence, increasing of sea level, huge incoming water’s river debit, fresh ground water taking, and else.

“The Indonesian government gives full attention to solve those problems through implementing policies and regulation and implementing several infrastructure projects such as constructing dykes and tunel, port development, dredging rivers and artificial lakes , including the imeplementation of the mega project of NCICD ( National Capital Integrated Coastal Development ). “The NCICD project is an integrated, comprehensive and wide range national program to address those problems, especially water related problem in Jakarta. The NCICD is also part of efforts to strengthen economic sustainability of Indonesia,” explained the Deputy Coordinating Minister.

The master plan of NCICD has been conducted through a close cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands. During the preparation stage of NCICD project, the role of government is significant. In the process of implementation, however,  it is hoped the role of public and private sectors (through PPP/ private public sector partnership), including foreign investments will increase to finance this estimated 53 billion USD mega project.

The theme of 2013 IWW is ” Integrated Water Solution for A Green Economy “. During the event, several seminars and workshops are conducted with several foreign participants many academic, business and professional background.

Embassy in The Hague, 5 November 2013