INDONESIA encourages the development of Indonesia-New Zealand bilateral relations in the fields of tourism, renewable energy and other industries to further strengthen the friendly relations that have lasted 61 years.

This was raised in the meeting of the Chairman of the Regional Representative Council of the Republic of Indonesia, La Nyalla Mahmud Mattalitti with the New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia Jonathan Austin recently.

According to La Nyalla, as we know, President Joko Widodo visited Wellington on March 19, 2018 and agreed on a Strategic Partnership Agreement with New Zealand.

“For example in the tourism sector, there is an increase in the frequency of flights from Auckland to Bali to five times a week in order to facilitate more intensive relations between citizens of the two countries. Besides in the tourism sector, Indonesia has enormous potential in the field of renewable energy that has not been maximally developed,” he said.

While the New Zealand Ambassador to Indonesia Jonathan Austin explained, the closeness established between Indonesia and New Zealand is very important because it is not a competitive country, but requires each other in the tourism sector, renewable energy and in other industrial sectors.

“The friendship between the two countries is very close and has mutually beneficial interests. In the field of tourism, we are direct flights to Bali and it is hoped that other regions will also be estimated that 200 thousand New Zealand tourists will visit Indonesia,” Ambassador Jonathan Austin concluded. [photo special]