Hungary and RI – Together at the wheel

20 Februar, 2011 | Source: Jakarta Post

Every beginning is a delicate time, even more so, when this beginning is a first in every sense, as in the case of Hungary. As my country and Indonesia are assuming their Presidency of the EU (European Union) and Chairmanship of ASEAN, respectively, we must ponder our achievements and the state of our partnership — between both our countries and communities — and the common goals that we should strive to achieve during this period.

Hungary, as a member of the European Union, has traditionally given high priority to her relations with Asia.
During the Hungarian Presidency the EU will continue to upgrade its political dialogue and develop cooperation with Indonesia in key areas including high level political meetings, human rights and counter-terrorism.
Hungary will contribute to this process — among others — as the host country of the next ASEM Foreign Ministerial Meeting this June.
The EU-Indonesia relations can be characterized as a modern, forward-looking partnership based on shared values, rapidly developing trade links and expanding people-to-people contacts. Indonesia is the largest market and the only G20 member in the region and the driving force of ASEAN.
Its rapid growth, even during the global economic downturn, improving business climate and strong economic base make it a valuable and trustworthy trade- and investment partner for the EU and Hungary.
The latest EU efforts — such as the recently launched Vision Group and the Europe-Indonesia Business Dialogue — are aiming at improving trade and investment opportunities in this growing market.
The Hungarian Government’s value-based foreign policy applauds the results of Indonesia’s democratic transition and is ready to support its further development and reform processes. Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world, having a tradition of religious tolerance, openness and moderation.
Hungary is therefore looking at Indonesia as a valuable partner for cooperation in the field of interfaith dialogue.
As a pioneer of moderate Islamic values Indonesia might serve as a role model for other states where religious extremism is not unknown.
Based on the success of the first EU-Human Rights Dialogue we are ready to support Indonesia’s regional efforts on democracy and human rights, including the Bali Democracy Forum and the work of the ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights.
The European Union and the Hungarian Presidency are also seeking to improve visibility and people-to-people links between the EU, its member states and Indonesia, which entails the expansion of various educational programs, strengthening collaboration on R&D and promoting tourism.
Hungary and Indonesia are holding the rotating presidency of their respective organizations, the EU and ASEAN in 2011. This provides us with an excellent opportunity to send a message jointly to the wider international community: The way to the future is integration that acknowledges national sovereignty and values, improves the lives of its people and their communities, and the one that reinforces international security.
The program of the Hungarian Presidency of the EU reflects the spirit of Indonesia’s national motto as well: Bhinekka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity).
We have an unprecedented opportunity to act — being conscious of our responsibility towards our
future — for cultural diversity, for the rights and dignity of minorities, for greater understanding between religions and for tolerance in our daily lives.
With this opportunity comes responsibility, one that both our countries have prepared for and are ready to face. I am confident that during our leadership — this special time — we will be able to make the first steps in making the meaning of Bhinekka Tunggal Ika the motto of not just a country and community, but the entire world.

Writer: János Martonyi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Hungary.

 

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) said Indonesia already enters years of low inflation, with inflation around 3 percent in the past two years.
President of the World Bank group, Jim Yong Kim, here on Tuesday expressed his support to the Indonesian governments plan on the tax reform program, which aimed to increase the state budgets income.
President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) plans to visit Turkey to develop partnership in strategic industry and economy with the country, Foreign minister Retno Marsudi said here on Monday at the state palace after a meeting prior to the presidents visit to Turkey and Germany.
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Maldivian counterpart Mohamed Asim will hold a bilateral meeting in Jakarta on Wednesday (June 21) to discuss the cooperation in tourism sector.
The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has praised Indonesia for its role in fighting illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing, the Indonesian Embassy in Rome said.
Indonesias real GDP growth is projected to increase from 5.2 percent this year to 5.3 percent in 2018, according to the World Banks June 2017 Indonesia Economic Quarterly.
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