MIKTA Continues Innovative and Concrete Cooperation

28, Nov 2016 | Author: Embassy of Indonesia

“Indonesia supports innovative and concrete MIKTA cooperation in facing common challenges together,” this was stated by RI Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi at the conclusion of the 8th MIKTA Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Sydney, Australia.

At the meeting, the Foreign Ministers of MIKTA (Mexico, Indonesia, South Korea, Turkey, and Australia) agreed to support the diplomatic missions and bilateral relations of MIKTA members in various countries. This step is taken through internship cooperation for MIKTA diplomats in countries where they have no diplomatic mission. “From this cooperation, Indonesia will be able to post their diplomats in internships in MIKTA missions such as in the Pacific, Africa, or Central and South America where Indonesia does not have many diplomatic missions,” said Minister Retno.

In addition, the MIKTA Foreign Ministers also agreed on cooperation on experience exchanges in the implementation of innovative public policy. The cooperation can hopefully spread innovation in the making and implementation of public policy in each individual MIKTA member. In this regard, Indonesia offered to share experiences related to the implementation of public policy in a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society. “Next year we hope to be able to invite representatives of MIKTA countries to see firsthand the implementation of public policy in line with Islam that is Rahmatan lil Alamin (a blessing to the world and its contents) in a country with a multi-ethnic and multi-religious society like Indonesia,” explained Minister Retno.

Since its establishment in 2013, MIKTA, whose members rank in the top 20 largest economies in the world, has become an informal 5 state group that is unique and effective. MIKTA not only has cooperated in increasing trade and investment among its members, but also has undertaken various forms of outside-the-box cooperation in facing global challenges. Between 2015-2016, MIKTA has accomplished 48 forms of cooperation in various fields such as counter terrorism and security, trade and the economy, gender equality, good governance, sustainable development, international energy governance, and exchange and community outreach. “Indonesia welcomes various concrete so far that has directly benefited the diplomatic community and society, such as training for diplomats as well as interfaith and interstate dialog,” said Minister Retno.

The MIKTA meeting in Sydney is the eighth since 2013. At the end of the meeting, Australia as chair for 2016 relinquished its chairmanship to Turkey, which will serve for the 2017 period.

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