Angola, Indonesia strengthen diplomatic relations

Jakarta – Angolan and Indonesian governments started Tuesday official talks at the level of heads of diplomacy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

Heading the delegations are Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti and his counterpart, Retno Marsudi of Indonesia.

This is expressed in a note from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stressing that the minister will sign various bilateral cooperation tools in Jakarta, with stress to the memorandum of understanding on political consultations between the two sectors.

Chikoti will also sign another agreement on visa suppression on diplomatic and service passports.

However, the Indonesian authorities already exempt Angolans from entry visas.

Angolan nationals who want to visit Indonesia, the country with most Muslims in the world, can do so without visa in 90-day period.

High in visiting agenda of Georges Chikoti is also the strengthening of economic and business cooperation aimed at attracting Indonesian entrepreneurs and investors.

The minister will also delivery a message from the President of the Republic, Jose Eduardo dos Santos, to the Indonesian counterpart, Joko Widodo.

Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry will make arrangements so that the businessmen and investors from the diversified agro-industry sector can meet with the Angolan official, as part of his visit to the Asian nation Monday.

During the session, the expert Lello Francisco of UTIP presented the legal framework that regulates private investment in Angola, the potential of the national economy, the business environment and the opportunities the government offers to those who wish to invest in the country outside the oil sector.

With experience in the financial sector, Indonesia is also investing in infrastructure. It has huge resources in bauxite, silver, tin, copper, nickel, gold and coal.

The industry is based on the textiles, fertilizers, electronics and pharmaceuticals, cement, rubber tires, wood processing, clothing and footwear.

Indonesia imports from Angola, oil, iron and steel, while Angola buys medicines and various pharmaceutical products.

The Foreign Minister Georges Chikoti’s tour includes New Zealand, Australia, South Korea and Vietnam.

Source: Angola Press News Agency