Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Indonesian Vice President to make historic visit to NZ

Indonesia’s Vice President, Ma’ruf Amin, will visit New Zealand this week, the first by an Indonesian leader since 2018.

Deputy Prime Minister, Winston Peters said New Zealand and Indonesia have a strong partnerships.

“The Vice President’s visit is an opportunity to discuss how we can strengthen this further, building on 65 years of partnership and looking ahead to Indonesia’s next administration,” he said.

Indonesia is the largest country and economy in South East Asia and a key partner for New Zealand in the Indo-Pacific. Annual two-way trade with Indonesia is worth almost $3.3 billion and halal exports comprise nearly half of that.

“Indonesia is a growing powerhouse in South East Asia, and is increasingly influential globally,” said Mr Peters.

“As the world’s fourth-largest country, and by 2030 projected to be one of the world’s ten largest economies, there is further room for our bilateral trade to grow.”

Among the other issues to be discussed with the Vice President, will be the continued concern for the New Zealand citizen held hostage in Papua, Phillip Mehrtens.  

“New Zealand continues to work with Indonesia for the urgent and safe release of Mr Mehrtens,” Mr Peters says.

The Vice President (pictured) will have programmes in Auckland and Wellington – including meetings with Prime Minister Christopher Luxon and Mr Peters.

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