Following is a joint statement issued by the United States and Indonesia on September 20, 2012.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa co-chaired the third annual Joint Commission Meeting between the United States of America and the Republic of Indonesia under the bilateral Comprehensive Partnership, the main vehicle for our strategic relationship. Presidents Barack Obama and Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono inaugurated the Comprehensive Partnership in November 2010 to help strengthen ties between the world’s 3rd and 4th largest populated countries. The two presidents have since reaffirmed the importance of those expanding ties, most recently in November 2011 when they met in Bali, Indonesia. At the Joint Commission Meeting, accompanied by senior officials from both sides, Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Natalegawa highlighted the growing and robust relationship between their two countries.
They were delighted to affirm that as a result of the Comprehensive Partnership, new partnerships and areas of cooperation are being pursued, such as Indonesia Investment Day in New York on September 24; Indonesia becoming a co-founder with the United States of the Equal Futures Partnership; Indonesia being a founding member of the Open Government Partnership (OGP) and becoming co-chair of the Steering Committee this year; and the initiation of a Commercial Dialogue next week. They were also delighted with the Program Implementation Arrangement (PIA) on the $600 million Millennium Challenge Corporation compact, a pillar of our bilateral cooperation. Under the Implementing Arrangements signed on September 19, the MCC compact will provide investments in renewable energy, maternal and child nutrition, as well as procurement modernization projects.
Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Natalegawa pledged to continue regular consultations on a wide range of bilateral, regional, and international topics. They noted that, since the last Joint Commission Meeting in July 2011 in Bali, Indonesia, they had met three times: in November 2011 alongside their respective leaders; in July 2012 on the margins of the ASEAN Regional Forum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia; and on September 3 in Jakarta, Indonesia. They took note of continued contacts between Indonesian and American officials at all levels.
Growing people-to-people ties remain a cornerstone of our deepening relationship. In this regard, Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Natalegawa encouraged continued efforts to highlight the many ways that Indonesians and Americans are building cultural, business, and other linkages, including rapidly improving cooperation in law enforcement, health, agriculture, science and technology, as well as to address climate change. During the Joint Commission Meeting, six Working Groups reported the results of their continuing cooperation to Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Natalegawa. The Working Groups highlighted actions during the past year and discussed how to build more linkages that will grow our economies and deepen understanding between our people.
The co-chairs of the Working Group on Democracy and Civil Society reported on enhanced participation by both governments in and promotion of the Open Government Partnership; triangular cooperation with third countries in areas including democracy and peace building, disaster risk management, and women’s empowerment; ongoing consultations with civil society and youth; coordination in international fora; dialogue between faith leaders; engagement on civic education, media, and bureaucratic reform; and reaffirmed Indonesia’s leadership role in promoting democracy through the Bali Democracy Forum.
The co-chairs of the Working Group on Security reported on joint activities and growing military-to-military ties that foster confidence building measures and cooperation, including joint exercises on humanitarian assistance and disaster response, support for the modernization of Indonesia’s defense systems, as well as effective cooperation towards global peacekeeping activities. They also reaffirmed the growing importance of the Indonesia-U.S. Security Dialogue for fostering strategic level dialogue and providing policy guidance for defense cooperation. They noted the importance of enhancing law enforcement cooperation to address security related threats posed by transnational crimes.
The co-chairs of the Working Group on Trade and Investment reported on the recent meeting under the Trade and Investment Framework Agreement in July 2012 and called for further progress in addressing and resolving priority issues of interest to both governments. The co-chairs underscored positively the 15% increase in trade value between Indonesia and the United States from 2010-2011. They also welcomed the August 2012 signing of a Memorandum of Understanding that provides for the development of industrial sectors to support infrastructure projects in Indonesia.
The Working Group on Energy described the breadth of our bilateral energy cooperation, and Secretary Clinton and FM Natalegawa applauded the development of the renewable energy project as part of the technical cooperation between the two countries, as well as unconventional hydrocarbon study missions and the planned cooperation in the field of algae biofuel. Both sides noted the commitment for an energy efficiency and renewable energy program to facilitate the deployment of clean energy technology in Indonesia.
The Working Group on Education (WGE) co-chairs reported significant progress in the continually increasing educational collaboration between the two countries from elementary to higher education. USAID’s DBE programs have contributed to the improvement of basic education quality; the Peace Corps is being extended to cover more provinces; there are an increasing number of Fulbright, Fulbright-Dikti, and Dikti scholarships; eleven university partnerships have been established. The WGE enjoys increased public-private partnerships that foster more student, faculty and staff exchanges, as well as research and university-to-university collaboration; the WGE also welcomes new initiatives: PRESTASI, PRIORITAS, Tailored Darmasiswa, Sandwich, and SAME programs to increase exchanges and improve education quality.
Following discussion led by the Working Group on Climate and Environment, Secretary Clinton and FM Natalegawa applauded recent initiatives, including a bilateral work plan for Enhancing Capacity for Low Emission Development Strategies (EC-LEDS) and cooperation on the Indonesian Climate Change Center, particularly on peat land management. They welcomed the closer collaboration on environmental governance, including air quality, hazardous waste, and environmental impact assessment; marine and fisheries, including Ocean Exploration and Climate Change Adaptation; and sustainable management of forests. In addition, the Working Group also highlighted the importance of intensifying cooperation to combat illegal logging and wildlife trafficking. They were also delighted with the signing of the Program Implementation Agreement (PIA), an important step toward the implementation of the $600 million MCC compact providing investment for renewable energy and natural resources management, community based nutrition and procurement modernization projects. They welcomed the upcoming visit by the EPA technical team to Indonesia for discussions on sustainable palm oil production relating to the Notice of Data Availability.
Secretary Clinton and Foreign Minister Natalegawa concluded by affirming their governments’ intention to conduct the next Joint Commission Meeting in 2013 in Indonesia.
Washington, D.C., September 20, 2012