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Joint Press Statement, The Second Meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam in Bali, 18 July 2011


Joint Press Statement
The Second Meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation
Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam
Bali, 18 July 2011
1. The Second Meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) between Indonesia-Brunei Darussalam was held in Bali, on 18 July 2011. The convening of the Second JCBC was a follow-up to the Second State Visit of His Excellency Dr. H. Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, President of the Republic of Indonesia to Brunei Darussalam on 24-25 February 2011. JCBC is a mechanism between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam to explore potentialities and opportunities for cooperation in many sectors as well as deepen the close friendship between the people of the two countries. The first JCBC Meeting was held in 2003 in Jakarta.
2. The Meeting was co-chaired by H.E. Dr. R. M. Marty M. Natalegawa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia and H.R.H. Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Darussalam.
3. The Meeting was held in a warm and friendly atmosphere reflecting the close neighbourly ties enjoyed by the two countries. The meeting discussed ways on how to elevate cooperation between Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia bilaterally, regionally, as well as internationally.
4. The Meeting acknowledged with satisfaction the progress achieved in many fields including trade, agriculture and manpower. Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam agreed on the need to increase their bilateral trade; the two sides also encouraged the relevant agencies to establish the Working Group on Trade and Investment.
5. On cooperation in agriculture, the Meeting welcomed the progress made on the MoU on Cooperation in Agriculture. In this connection, the Meeting encouraged the establishment of the Joint Committee and to convene the Meeting to implement the MoU. Furthermore, Indonesia welcomed with appreciation on Brunei Darussalam's interest to cooperate with Indonesia in organic fertilizer for peat land. Indonesia also agreed to send agriculture experts to Brunei Darussalam as part of their cooperation in training.
6. Regarding cooperation in marine and fisheries as well as cooperation in health, the Meeting agreed for relevant agencies to expedite the finalization of both MoUs.
7. In the forestry cooperation, Indonesia welcomed Brunei Darussalam's intention to explore cooperation with Indonesia in the field of sawmills investment. Indonesia also expressed its willingness to send forestry experts to Brunei Darussalam and provide assistance in forest management.
8. On cooperation in manpower, the Meeting noted efforts undertaken by both countries in ensuring the protection of Indonesians working in Brunei Darussalam.
9. The Meeting also discussed regional matters of common interests, including the attainment of ASEAN Community by 2015, East Asia Summit, Timor-Leste's formal application to ASEAN, and South China Sea. In this regard both countries expressed their committment to continue to working together towards achieving the 2015 ASEAN Community goals.
10. On Timor-Leste's request to become a member of ASEAN, the Meeting welcomed the outcomes of the ASEAN Summit in Jakarta, May 2011. Indonesia stated that it will work closely with Brunei Darussalam as well as other ASEAN member states to formulate a roadmap for Timor-Leste's membership in ASEAN.
11. Regarding the South China Sea, the Meeting underscored of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea (DOC) as a milestone document signed between ASEAN and China, embodying their collective commitment to promoting peace, stability and mutual trust in the South China Sea. In this regard, the Meeting expressed the hope that ASEAN and China will make further progress in finalizing the Guidelines of the DOC. They also stressed the need to intensify efforts to ensure the effective implementation of the DOC and commence work on the regional Code of Conduct.
12. At the international level, the Meeting agreed to continue giving mutual support to each others' candidature in various international organizations.
13. In conclusion, the Meeting described bilateral relations between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam as solid, strong, and progressing well. This description reflected the outcomes of the JCBC which includes the signing of the Agreed Minutes of the JCBC, the Agreement on Consular Notification and Consular Assistance, and the MoU on Diplomatic Training and Education. Furthermore, both countries agreed to take up challenge to explore more opportunities in enhancing cooperation so as to take the current state of relations to a higher level. In this regard, both countries reaffirmed their determination and commitment to work closely together to strengthen the mutually beneficial relations between both countries.
14. The Meeting agreed that Brunei Darussalam will host the Third Meeting of the Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation at a date to be mutually agreed upon.
HRH Prince Mohamed Bolkiah, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Brunei Draussalam and
HE Dr. R.M. Marty M.Natalegawa, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia
signing the documents of the
Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation
in Bali, Indonesia on 18 July 2011.
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