September 17, 2010
Intervention by the Indonesian Delegate on 57th Session of Trade and Development Board (TDB) UNCTAD, Agenda Item 4: Economic development in Africa
Ladies and Gentlemen.
First of all, I wish to thank you Mr President for chairing this important session today. May I also thank the UNCTAD Secretariat for preparing the in-depth report and survey. The recommendations contained in the report will no doubt contribute to a constructive and informative meeting both today, and in the future.
As highlighted in the report, Indonesia initiated a new chapter of the Asian -African Cooperation during the Asia-Africa Summit, held in Jakarta in April 2005. At the end of this historic conference, participating leaders from Asian and African countries announced the creation of the New Asian-African Strategic Partnership (NAASP) which aimed to serve as a blue print for future cooperation between the two regions.
The NAASP, comprised of 54 African countries, and 52 Asian Nations, was founded upon three key pillars, namely political solidarity, economic cooperation and socio-cultural development. Between 2008 and 2010, Indonesia organized 24 capacity-building programs within this framework.
Indonesia’s participation in South-South Cooperation first began at the first Asian – African Conference 1955 . Since then, Indonesia has continued to actively promote the importance of South-South Cooperation through engagement with the United Nations and other international organizations within the following frameworks such as the G-77 and China, the G-15 and the Developing-8, and the Global System of Trade Preferences among Developing Countries (GSTP).
In order to support South-South Cooperation, Indonesia has been providing technical cooperation for developing countries since 1981 and has organized a number of training sessions on this issue.
We believe that technical cooperation and capacity-building are crucial for boosting trade among developing countries and thus creating more balance and fairer conditions conducive to development. In the spirit of South-South cooperation, Indonesia would like to invite other countries to contribute to improving trade relations between developing countries.
As an agricultural country, Indonesia’s cooperation with African countries has centred on agriculture, animal husbandry and fisheries. However, poverty reduction, energy, and the utilization of micro-hydro energy have also featured prominently in mutual cooperation efforts.
Indonesia would also like to further intensify its cooperation with Africa with regard to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals, first and foremost the eradication of poverty. Such a partnership would help put Africa on a development and sustainability track and integrate the continent into the global economy.
Lastly, the history and development of Africa closely resembles that of Indonesia. Our common struggle to provide a better life for our people have long bonded us together. We are certain that with Africa’s new spirit and enthusiasm, together with growing support from the international community, Africa will undoubtedly succeed in becoming a modern and prosperous continent.
I thank you.