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To achieve the volume of bilateral trade between the Russian Federation and Indonesia in 5 billion dollars - there is every opportunity - Matvienko

The ways of deepening and expanding the all-round and multifaceted Russian-Indonesian cooperation were discussed today by the Chairman of the Federation Council Valentina Matvienko during negotiations in both chambers of the parliament of the Republic of Indonesia - in the Council of Representatives of the Regions and the Council of People's Representatives.

“Indonesia is our strategic partner in the Asia-Pacific Region (APR), to which our countries geographically belong,” said the Speaker of the Federation Council. "In recent years, our cooperation, which is based on the traditions of friendship and mutual respect, has significantly strengthened." Valentina Matvienko drew attention to the high dynamics of the political dialogue between Russia and Indonesia. “Yesterday, within the framework of the APEC summit in Beijing, the presidents of our countries held talks, and today parliamentarians are already discussing directions for promoting bilateral cooperation,” she said.

Speaker Federation Council drew attention to the growth of trade, which in 2013 amounted to nearly three billion US dollars. At the same time, she recalled that the leaders of Russia and Indonesia set the task in the near future to increase the volume of bilateral trade to five billion US dollars. “We have all the opportunities to achieve this,” Valentina Matvienko is convinced.

In particular, she pointed to good prospects for the implementation of joint investment projects in the construction of railways and an alumina plant, in the field of energy, the supply of civil aircraft, science and technology.

The speaker of the Federation Council highlighted the great potential for the development of interregional ties. “Today, more than 30 subjects of Russia in one form or another cooperate with the regions of Indonesia. We could significantly expand the geography of such cooperation, ”she is confident. Valentina Matvienko proposed to hold a meeting of members of the Federation Council and the Council of Regional Representatives in a round table format for joint substantive analysis of promising areas of cooperation between the subjects of the Russian Federation and the provinces of Indonesia, in particular, with a view to implementing large projects in the Russian Far East and Eastern Siberia.

The head of the upper chamber of the Russian parliament also spoke in favor of further strengthening humanitarian ties. She noted the growth of tourist exchanges and expressed confidence that many more Russians would come to Indonesia on vacation due to the decision of the Indonesian authorities to cancel visas for tourists from Russia. The speaker of the Federation Council confirmed the readiness of the Russian side, if necessary, to increase the number of state scholarships allocated for students from Indonesia.

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