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RI to boost bilateral ties with Vietnam

The Indonesian and Vietnamese ministers of foreign affairs are scheduled to hold a meeting on Thursday afternoon in an attempt to boost the ties between the two countries.

“The meeting will review the cooperation between Indonesia and Vietnam over the last three years to see what we have done and what we can improve,” said Indonesian Ambassador to Vietnam Mayerfas in a press conference on Thursday.

The meeting would be the second one after the last meeting in Hanoi in 2013.

Among the matters discussed will be economics and tourism cooperation.

The trade values between both countries reached US$5.8 billion in 2014, based on the Foreign Affairs Ministry data.

The ambassador said that both countries aimed to reach $10 billion in trade by 2018.

Mayerfas also added that there were currently 30 Indonesian companies in Vietnam from various industrial sectors, including property, food, paper and farming.

“We also want both countries to get to know each other better as I think Indonesia has not fully understood Vietnam as a country,” he said.

The mutual understanding was also intended to boost the tourist industry, he added.

Indonesia aims to double the number of Vietnamese tourists to Indonesia to 80,000 people this year from 40,000 last year.

Meanwhile, there were 100,000 Indonesians who visited Vietnam last year.

The meeting will also mark the bilateral relation between both countries that has existed for 60 years.

Source : www.thejakartapost.com, Thursday 25 June 2015