MINSK, 21 October (BelTA) – Chairman of the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus Vladimir Andreichenko has met with Vice Speaker for Industry and Development of the House of Representatives of the Republic of Indonesia Rachmad Gobel, BelTA has learned.
“I am glad to welcome you on Belarusian soil, in the House of Representatives. We are pleased that your delegation includes not only parliamentarians, but also representatives of industry and business. Despite the distance between our countries, Belarus is closely following the transformations taking place in Indonesia,” Vladimir Andreichenko said.
The parties exchanged views on the Belarus-Indonesia agenda, interaction in the international arena, including within the framework of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly.
“The visit of the Indonesian delegation is seen as a continuation of the dialogue that began during the visit of the president of Belarus to Indonesia in 2013. Back then a number of important cooperation documents were signed. In 2013, a memorandum of cooperation was also concluded in Minsk between the House of Representatives of the National Assembly of Belarus and the House of Representatives of Indonesia. All this time we interacted not only in a bilateral format, but also within the framework of international organizations. We have an observer status in the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly and take part in its work,” the speaker noted.
According to him, it is important that the constructive interparliamentary cooperation between the two countries yields meaningful results. “First of all, I mean plans to boost economic cooperation, because the bilateral trade of $181 million posted in 2020 is incommensurate with the potential of Belarus and Indonesia. We are interested in increasing deliveries of potassium chloride, vehicles and tractors to your country. All these matters will be discussed during meetings with heads of Belarusian ministries and enterprises. I am sure that your visit will open up new prospects for bilateral cooperation,” the speaker noted.
Rachmad Gobel thanked the Belarusian side for the warm welcome. “Despite the fact that the weather is not sunny now, we felt the warmth of your hearts from the first minutes of our stay on the Belarusian land,” he noted. “This is my first visit to the Republic of Belarus. I really hope that we will be able to consolidate our arrangements. It is important to expand bilateral cooperation beyond economy and trade to cover culture and tourism. As far as I know, about 30,000 Belarusian tourists visit Indonesia every year - this is an impressive figure,” he said.