Kazakhstan and Indonesia Strengthen Cooperation

Kazakhstan and Indonesia are strengthening bilateral cooperation and expanding economic and cultural ties.

Last year, the two countries celebrated the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic relations. According to the Ambassador of Indonesia to Kazakhstan, Rakhmat Pramono the partnership between the countries has reached a high level.

Bilateral trade indicator increases every year. The countries are also actively developing investment cooperation. Indonesian companies plan to invest in Kazakhstan’s pharmaceutical and mining industries.

Pramono said that in 2017, bilateral trade reached almost US$53 million and in 2018 trade turnover increased to about US$60 million.

Cultural dialogue between the countries is also being actively developed. Indonesian Cultural Center has been operating in Nur-Sultan for three years.

There are sessions that taught national dances and traditional musical instruments. The center also offers language courses.

The Embassy of Indonesia and the cultural center regularly organize various events to contribute to the strengthening of partnership of the two countries.

“This year we will have our Independence celebration in 17th of August but our formal reception will be on the 20th of September. We are going to invite cultural performance coming from Indonesia,” added Pramono.

Education is another important area of cooperation between the two countries. Indonesia provides various scholarships for Kazakh students, through which they can study for a master's degree in Indonesian universities, as well as learn the language and culture of the country.

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