MIKTA Countries Committed to aid Private Sectors Entering the African Market
2018-06-08 07:20:22 来源:印尼外交部 作者: 【 】 浏览:23次 评论:0

According to Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia report on June 6th :The Directors General of MIKTA countries (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, Australia) agreed to aid private parties entering the African market. It was one of the results of the visit of the Directors General of MIKTA countries to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, that is the capital of the African Union, on 4-6 June 2018.

During the visit, Indonesia as MIKTA coordinator for 2018 led various meetings, namely meetings of the MIKTA Directors General, meetings with officials in the African Union, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, UN agencies, think tank institutes and NGOs. The Indonesian delegation was led by the Head of the Policy Analysis and Development Agency (BPPK) accompanied among others by the Ambassador of Indonesia in Addis Ababa and the Head of the Center for Multilateral P2K-BPPK.

In the meeting between the Directors General of the MIKTA countries led by the Head of the Policy Analysis and Development Agency (BPPK) of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Siswo Pramono, it was discussed about the potential cooperation between MIKTA countries and Africa in the field of security and peace; economic development, investment and trade; regional institutionalization; and increased bilateral relations with Ethiopia. At the meeting, the attending delegates were discussing and sharing the best practices, as well as exploring the potential cooperation in relation to the role of MIKTA in Africa, especially in terms of economic development and efforts to maintain peace and security in the region.

During the discussion session on peace and security issues, MIKTA countries agreed to increase their engagement with Africa in the context of maintaining peace and security in the African region, among others through the sending of peacekeeping troops.

While in the discussion session on economic, investment and trade cooperation, MIKTA countries emphasized the need to maintain peace and security in Africa as the absolute condition for economic growth. In this case, MIKTA countries were considered to have an important role to contribute to the continued growth of the African economy. For example, Indonesia through the Indonesia-Africa Forum has succeeded in realizing a cooperation agreement worth 586.56 million US dollars, as well as a cooperation commitment worth 1.3 billion US dollars.

The meeting with officials from the African Union, the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, and the UN agencies was led by the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia in Addis Ababa, Imam Santoso.

In the meeting with African Union officials, a common view was obtained of the need for MIKTA cooperation with the African Union in realizing various development initiatives in Africa, such as connectivity, airway and shipping line expansion, and the optimization of financial and banking systems. In order to realize this, MIKTA was paying great attention to the steps towards the realization of synergistic cooperation between MIKTA and AU. The AU welcomed MIKTA's visit and saw the potential of cooperation between the two parties in developing Africa.

Meanwhile, in a meeting with the State Minister for the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry, MIKTA countries expressed their readiness to cooperate with the Ethiopian government in various fields. The Ethiopians, on the other hand also welcomed the willingness of MIKTA countries which are also G20 member countries, to cooperate both bilaterally and multilaterally.

In a meeting with the UN agencies located in Addis Ababa, among others with UNECA and UNDP,   information was obtained on potential cooperation between MIKTA and the two agencies, including within the framework of the South-South and Triangular Cooperation (KSST).

As a follow up of the visit, the Directors General of MIKTA countries submitted the following recommendations,

1.The Ambassadors of the MIKTA countries in Addis Ababa to hold regular meetings with African Union commissioners,

2.Improving coordination between the Directors General handling Africa and the Ambassadors in Addis Ababa, among others through mailing lists and video conference,

3.Meeting with African Union economic commissions and Economic Commission of Western Sahara countries (Ecowas),

4.Facilitating the establishment of private sector consultation forums,

5.Helping the private sector to enter the African market,

6.Improving trade promotion,

7.Facilitating the establishment of forums of development agencies,

8.Holding seminars prior to the G20 Summit.

In a series of visits sponsored and organized by the Australian Embassy in Addis Ababa, the directors general of MIKTA countries also held meetings with think tank institutes such as the Institute for Peace and Security Studies, as well as NGOs such as Oxfam, Amani Africa and Save the Children.

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