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Indonesia and South Korea upgrade strategic partnership

VOI NEWS, 12:00 LOCAL TIME, GMT+7, 11-11-2017

Indonesia and South Korea agreed to boost mutual cooperation in economy, transportation, industrialization and defense through the special strategic partnership agreement that was upgraded during a meeting between President Joko Widodo and President Moon Jae-in in Bogor, West Java on last Thursday (09/11).  The partnership aims to accelerate industrialization in Indonesia, increase economic and trade cooperation and people-to-people exchanges.  President Moon said the partnership will include joint defense meetings and cooperation in the defense industry, particularly in the development of fighter jets. Both leaders also agreed to explore a triangular cooperation framework and hold a "two-plus-two" meeting involving foreign and defense ministers. They alsopromised to have a bilateral trade volume worth $30 billion dollars in 2022.  During the meeting, both leaders witnessed the signing of three memoranda of understanding in the sectors of industry, transportation and health. On people-to-people exchanges, Indonesia and South Korea agreed to intensify cooperation and promote bilateral tourism by facilitating more direct flights and simplifying visa procedures for Indonesian tourists. (JG)


Indonesia plants bamboo to fight climate change

Founder of the Bambu Lestari Foundation, Arief Rabik has said recently during a side event of the United Nations climate conference in Bonn, Germany that cultivating bamboo could help Indonesia mitigate the impacts of climate change. He also stated that planting bamboo is a very effective way to rehabilitate degraded land, absorb and store carbon dioxide, adding that citizens could gain economic benefits from cultivating the plant. The discussion has been held at the Indonesia Pavilion since Tuesday (7/11), set up by the Indonesian delegation at the UN Climate Change Conference ( COP23 ), which runs from Nov. 6 to 19. Arief said his group, with the help of the Ministry of Environment and Forestry, has been working on a project to cultivate bamboo in 1,000 villages across Indonesia. It is hoped that each village can cultivate at least 70,000 bamboo seeds. (JP)

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