More trade with Indonesia encouraged

20 January 2021 | Local News

OGONE TLHAGE



WINDHOEK

Indonesia says it is open to the idea of more trade with Namibia, adding that it will be beneficial to both countries.

This is according to its newly appointed ambassador to Namibia, Wisnu Edi Pratignyo, who welcomed his counterpart, Herman Pule Diamonds, to his residence ahead of his posting to Indonesia.

Pratignyo expressed a desire to see increased trade between Namibia and Indonesia at an event which also marked the existence of his country’s embassy in Namibia.

Reflecting on past engagements undertaken by Indonesia and Namibia, Pragtignyo said both countries are determined to enhance development.

“The two countries have a strong determination to continue playing active and constructive roles in supporting the interests of developing countries and enhancing ‘South-South Cooperation’ through the New Asia Africa Strategic Partnership,” Pragtignyo said.

Visa-free entry

He also welcomed a resolution to ease of entry into Indonesia by allowing Namibian citizens to enter that country on a 30-day visa, a move introduced by Namibia in reciprocity.

“Since March 2016, the Indonesian government has granted 30-days visa-free for Namibian citizens to visit Indonesia. President Hage Geingob’s decision during the aforesaid visit to exempt visa requirements for Indonesian citizens to visit Namibia was also highly commended,” Pragtignyo said.

The new ambassador was upbeat about his stay in Namibia.

“Although I am a newcomer in Namibia, having arrived here only a few months ago, I am confident that the close relations between Indonesia and Namibia will continue to flourish in the future. It is my wish that the friendship and cooperation between the Indonesia and Namibia be ever more strengthened for years to come,” he said.

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