India and Indonesia have agreed to double their efforts to boost
bilateral trade to USD 50 billion by 2025, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said
today after holding comprehensive talks with President Joko Widodo.
In a joint press statement after the talks, Modi said India and
Indonesia have agreed to upgrade their ties to Comprehensive Strategic
He said India and Indonesia have agreed to double their efforts
to take bilateral trade to USD 50 billion by 2025.
According to Indonesia's Central Statistics Agency (BPS), trade
between the two countries in 2016 was USD 12.9 billion. It rose 28.7 per cent
to USD 18.13 billion in 2017 with Indonesia's exports to India reaching USD
14.08 billion and its imports from India standing at USD 4.05 billion.
In a joint statement issued after the talks, the two countries
said they have agreed to work intensively for the early conclusion of the
Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership and reiterated that it needs to be
comprehensive, fair and balanced with benefit to all member states.
The two leaders also instructed officials to optimise the
cooperation between ASEAN and India for establishing a sustainable and mutually
beneficial trade relation.
They also acknowledged the need to further explore the untapped
economic potentials and to remove impediments to trade and investment.
Both sides agreed that there are considerable potentials for
expanding trade and services in various areas.
Modi and Widodo also welcomed the conclusion of the MoU between
Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and Confederation of Indian
Industry (CII), and appreciated the setting up of a CII office in Jakarta.
President Widodo welcomed the increase in Indian investments in
Indonesia and appreciated their contribution to the Indonesian economy. Prime
Minister Modi also welcomed Indonesian companies' participation through the
"Make in India" initiative and invited Indonesian business to avail
of the opportunities presented, the joint statement said.
They also shared their views on the importance of intensifying
infrastructure development in both countries and the mutual benefit of
enhancing infrastructure development cooperation.
They welcomed the signing of the MoU on health cooperation that
would pave the way for closer collaboration in tackling common health
They noted that there were considerable cooperation
opportunities in health and pharmaceutical sector. The two leaders further
directed for the convening of a meeting in second half of 2018 comprising of
health officials, drug regulators and industry representatives to develop a
road map on health cooperation.
They underscored the important role palm oil plays in
Indonesia's export to India and in India's consumer preference and growing
consumption. Both leaders agreed to address all issues related to obstacles to
trade and investment in palm oil products and industries, the joint statement
Both sides welcomed the MoU on cooperation in the railways
sector which would promote technical cooperation, development of rail related
programmes, exchange of knowledge, technology and institutional cooperation
between India and Indonesia.
The two leaders welcomed the establishment of direct flights by
Garuda Indonesia between Bali and Mumbai starting from April 2018 as well as
the flights by Batik Air and Air Asia Indonesia serving Indonesian and Indian
They directed the civil aviation authorities of both countries
to discuss the matter of enhancing the traffic rights through the bilateral air
services consultation that will take place in 2018.
As maritime neighbours, the two countries underlined the
importance of stronger connectivity, particularly on sea links, in order to
facilitate economic cooperation and people-to-people contact.
They welcomed the plan to build connectivity between Andaman
Nicobar-Aceh to unleash the economic potentials of both areas.
They appreciated the decision to set up a Joint Task Force to
undertake projects for port related infrastructure in and around Sabang.
They recognised that access to reliable, clean and affordable
energy is critical for the economic growth of both countries.
Both leaders agreed to cooperate in the promotion of energy
efficiency technologies, new and renewable energy technologies, with the shared
aspiration to ensure energy security and to replace the use of fossil fuel, as
well as meet respective climate change targets, the statement said.
Both leaders welcomed potential cooperation in the area of
peaceful use of nuclear energy and looked forward to the early renewal of an
agreement in this sector.