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  • Indonesian President’s Visit to India : A Visit of Strategic Significance

    President Jokowi’s state visit to India in December is an opportunity to develop a truly strategic relationship that covers maritime security and defence of the Indo-Pacific, economic relations, and cultural, training educational, and people-to-people interactions that can contribute to the realisation of the full potential of two major Asian powers in the 21st century.

    November 25, 2016

    A Joint India-Indonesia Intervention on the Rohingya Issue

    Given that both India and Indonesia have a common interest in preserving their respective democratic, multi-ethnic and multi-religious polities, they need to work together to induce Myanmar to control the violence against the Rohingyas.

    December 15, 2016

    Arnab Sen asked: What is the status of India-Indonesia trade and the negotiations on FTA?

    Rahul Mishra replies: After Singapore, Indonesia is India’s biggest trading partner in the ASEAN bloc and the bilateral trade between the two countries has been growing at a fast pace. According to the sources, bilateral trade was US$ 20.136 billion in 2011-12, US$ 14.128 billion in 2010 and US$ 13 billion in 2009-10. The two countries are now hoping to increase their bilateral trade up to $45 billion by 2015. In this regard, the India Business Forum was launched on 19 July 2012 to boost trade and investment between India and Indonesia.

    In November 2005, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed to set up a Joint Study Group to examine the feasibility of a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA). The Joint Study Group, comprising government officials and economists from India and Indonesia, subsequently submitted its report on the Feasibility of India-Indonesia CECA on 15 September 2009. Commencement of negotiations on India-Indonesia CECA was announced on 25 January 2011 during the visit of the Indonesian President to India. To strengthen trade links, a MoU on convening of a Biennial Trade Ministers’ Meeting was also agreed upon. At the official level, the negotiation process has been completed and it’s only a matter of time when the CECA gets signed.

    At the regional level, India-ASEAN FTA on goods is operational, which is now supplemented with the recently signed FTA on services. At the bilateral level, India has already implemented CECAs with Singapore and Malaysia. Apart from Indonesia, India is working on a similar agreement with Thailand also. The bilateral CECAs and the FTA with the ASEAN would help India and the ASEAN countries to work on the possibilities of a Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP). The ASEAN plans to set up RCEP with its six key trading partners, including China, Japan, South Korea and India.

    India and Indonesia: Trade and Investment Complementarities

    To maximise gains from their bilateral relations, India and Indonesia have to tread a middle path - a mix of furthering economic complementarities while competing to attract foreign investments.

    January 25, 2011

    India-Indonesia: Towards Strategic Convergence

    President Yudhoyono’s visit is likely to take the strategic partnership to the next level.

    January 24, 2011

    Why Indonesia is Important to India

    The Indian Government, and the Foreign policy establishment in particular, can do more to leverage the vast collective experience of Indians in Indonesia and channel it towards the larger ends of bilateral cooperation.

    January 20, 2011

    India and Indonesia -- on the Cusp of a New Relationship

    How India and Indonesia look at each other, the region and the world at large will determine the course of their relationship in coming years.

    January 20, 2011

    Indonesia in India’s Look East Policy

    Political, economic and strategic factors in the post-Cold War period call for expanded co-operation between India and Indonesia.

    January 20, 2011

    Mosaics of Cultures: Investigating the Role of Cultural Linkages in India-Indonesia Relations

    The cultural linkages between India and Indonesia have to be leveraged, as a foreign policy tool, to take India-Indonesia relations to the next level.

    January 19, 2011

    India-Indonesia: Emerging Strategic Confluence in the Indian Ocean Region

    India and Indonesia, the two major regional powers, have in the recent past initiated intimate bilateral relations. With globalization as a key driver, the two countries have reconfigured their relationship particularly in the economic and defence spheres. The signing of the strategic partnership in 2005 has been critical to strengthening of the bilateral ties. Security relations are complimentary. While India needs to safeguard its interests in Southeast Asia, Indonesia needs a benign power like India for its security concerns.

    May 2008

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