Achtung! SBY geht nach Berlin und Budapest
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President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and First Lady Madam Ani Bambang Yudhoyono will conduct a State Visit to Germany and Hungary from upon the invitation of German President Joachim Gauck and Hungarian President Janos Ader. The President and the First Lady departs on the early Sunday morning on the 3rd March 2013.
Visit to Germany, 3rd-5th of March 2013
The First Couple will visit Berlin, Germany for the 3rd-5th of March, 2013. During the stay, President Yudhoyono will hold bilateral meeting with President Joachim Gauck and Chancellor Angela Merkel to follow up the declaration of Comprehensive Partnership between Indonesia and Germany on July 2012. The meeting will also continue the discussion concerning 5+3 cooperation priorities, namely: economy (trade, investment, and development), health, education, research and technology, defence industry, food security, energy security, and transportation.
President Yudhoyono will also host dignitary visits from former German President, Dr. Horst Köhler, German Foreign Minister Dr. Guido Westerwelle, and Berlin Mayor Herr Klaus Wowereit. Furthermore, President Yudhoyono is also scheduled to attend business forum and meet with a number of CEO from prominent German corporations.
Bilateral meeting between Indonesia and Germany is important to strengthen the already existing partnership between both countries. The two countries have exhibited strong relation in the past with frequent governmental and parliamentary visits. Additionally, Foreign Ministries from both Germany and Indonesia are maintaining Bilateral Consultation Forum for High-Ranking Officials to further establish and evaluate the progress of cooperation between both countries.
Economically, Germany is Indonesia’s largest trading partner in Europe. On 2011 the volume of trade between Indonesia and Germany reached USD 5,62 billion and increased to USD 5,92 billion during January-October 2012. Moreover, Germany has also invested USD 75,7 million in Indonesia. President Yudhoyono aims to utilize the potentials in both countries to open further cooperation in trade and finance during his visit to Germany.
Visit to Hungary, 6th-8th of March, 2013
After visiting Germany, President and First Lady Yudhoyono will visit Budapest, Hungary under the invitation of Hungarian President János Áder. Invitation to visit Hungary had also been conveyed by then Hungarian President Laszlo Solyom during his visit to Indonesia on May 2008.
Diplomatic relation between Indonesia-Hungary formally started with the signing of Friendship Agreement which includes political, economic, and cultural cooperation for the 26th of June, 1995. Bilateral relation and cooperation between both countries have increased since then. The last presidential visit to Hungary was by former President Megawati Soekarnoputri on 2002.
During the visit, President Yudhoyono is scheduled to hold a bilateral meeting with President Áder to discuss economic cooperation and other issues. President Yudhoyono will also witness the signing of a MoU concerning diplomatic training between Indonesian and Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Afterward, President Yudhoyono will meet with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.
Hungary is Indonesia’s fourth largest trading partner throughout Central and Eastern Europe. According to Indonesian Ministry of Trade, trade volume between Indonesia and Hungary is USD 438,4 Million in 2011. However, there was a 50,4% decrease to USD 183,5 million on 2012 owing to European economic crisis.
Hungary also exhibits a strategic geographic position as a bridge between West and Eastern Europe. In addition to their membership in the European Union, Hungary is one of the most strategic entrance for Indonesia’s products, especially to Central and Eastern Europe.
Indonesian businesses have not fully developed market potentials in Central and Eastern Europe. It is therefore the aim of President Yudhoyono to identify new economic opportunities in the area for the benefit of trade cooperation between Indonesia and Hungary during this visit.
Finally, this visit also aim to strengthen the friendship between both countries, and ultimately for the progress of Indonesia (MA)
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