Retno Marsudi Hails Indonesia-New Zealand Cooperation Relationship Improvement

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  • The Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, gave a press statement, Friday, September 4, 2020. Source: Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs document

    The Indonesian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Retno Marsudi, gave a press statement, Friday, September 4, 2020. Source: Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs document

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi welcomes the improvement in Indonesia-New Zealand's cooperation relationship in handling the Covid-19 pandemic. To this day, Indonesia has received supports in vaccines, ventilator, rapid test equipments from the country, as well as the support for the Eijkman Institute.

    "In G20, this will be one of Indonesia's top priority. People have an equal access for vaccines." said Retno while welcoming her fellow Foreign Affairs Minister from New Zealand, Nanaia Mahuta, yesterday, November 15.

    New Zealand Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta speaks during an interview in Wellington, New Zealand December 15, 2020. [REUTERS/Jonathon Molloy]

    On that occasion, both of them discusses about accelerating economic recovery after pandemic and Retno emphasized the key for that is trades and investment.

    Last September, bilateral trade trends increased by 37% and reached US$ 1.25 billion on year-on-year agreement from the initial target of US$ 2.8 billion on 2024.

    "Equalization of bilateral trades are important. Therefore, i've requested New Zealand to provide access for Indonesia's tropical fruit and increase the investment and capacity of both agriculture and farm," said Minister Retno

    With the cooperation in trades, such as ASEAN-Australia-New Zealand Free Trade Agreement and RCEP, it is expected to push trades and investment in both countries.

    New Zealand can be a new partner in energy transition, among them is geothermal. Partnership has been created in the construction of Flores Geothermal Island in West Nusa Tenggara and pipelines in Maluku in the draft of New Zealand-Maluku Access to Renewable Energy Support (NZMATES).

    Read: New Zealand Donates 684,000 Doses of Covid-19 Vaccine to Indonesia

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