The ninth meeting of the Indonesia-Thailand Joint Commission will take place in Yogyakarta next week when the two countries will discuss ways to improve cooperation on trade, investment and tourism. (Reuters Photo/Athit Perawongmetha)

Indonesia and Thailand Set to Discuss Cooperation on Trade, Investment and Tourism

BY : SHEANY

JUNE 30, 2018

Jakarta. The ninth meeting of the Indonesia-Thailand Joint Commission will take place in Yogyakarta next week when the two countries will discuss ways to improve cooperation on trade, investment and tourism.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and her Thai counterpart, Don Pramudwinai, will participate in the meeting, scheduled for July 5-6.

"The ninth joint commission meeting will focus on matters relating to our economic cooperation; there will be a discussion on ways to increase cooperation in trade, investment and tourism between Indonesia and Thailand," Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said during a press briefing in Jakarta on Thursday (28/06).

The last meeting of the commission, established in 1992, took place in 2013.

Arrmanatha said in addition to energy, mining, agriculture and fisheries, the meeting will also touch on security and political cooperation.

The two countries' foreign ministers will also discuss regional and global issues, in addition to partnerships within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean), of which both countries are members.

Trade Ministry data shows bilateral trade between Indonesia and Thailand amounted to around $15.75 billion last year, while Thai investment in Indonesia reached $220 million.

Indonesia's main exports to Thailand include iron ore, coal and seafood, while it mainly imports automotive products from Southeast Asia's second-largest economy.

Indonesia received around 106,000 visitors from Thailand in 2017, which represents a 7.7 percent increase from the year before.

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