Indonesia to boost military products` procurement process for Brunei

Indonesia to boost military products` procurement process for Brunei

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (right) shook hands with Foreign Minister and Trade II of Brunei Darussalam Dato Erywan Pehin Yusof (left) at Pancasila building, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Jakarta, Friday (20/7/2018). (ANTARA PHOTO/Galih Pradipta)

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - The Government of Indonesia is committed to boost military products` procurement process for Brunei, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

"Of course, we will follow up on this plan. The process is underway, and we agree to boost it," Indonesia`s Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi noted here on Friday.

Earlier, Minister Marsudi and her Brunei counterpart Minister Erwyn Yusof had attended the 4th Indonesia-Brunei Joint Commission for Bilateral Cooperation (JCBC) at the Pancasila Building in Jakarta.

The plan to purchase some military products from Indonesia was initiated by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei during his visit to Jakarta in May this year.

Bolkiah had expressed interest in some military weapons and vehicles produced by PT Pindad while visiting an exhibition at the Indonesian Military Base in Cilangkap, East Jakarta.

Apart from military and defense cooperation, Marsudi noted that during the JCBC, the two countries agreed to intensify negotiations on the placement and protection of Indonesian migrant workers in Brunei, considering their number reaches 20 percent of Brunei`s population.

Indonesia also conveyed a request for some residency permits for its diplomats deployed in Brunei.

Indonesia and Brunei are also committed to strengthen cooperation in combating transnational organized crimes, especially on the trafficking of humans and drugs as well as counterterrorism.

On the sidelines of the meeting, Indonesia`s aircraft company Sriwijaya Air had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) note with Brunei`s Syarikat Kejuruteraan Bumiputra Belait Sdn Bhd to start flight services on the Bandar Seri Begawan-Balikpapan route.

The MoU highlighted Indonesia-Brunei JCBC`s agreement to boost economic cooperation through business-to-business relations.

Brunei was keen to follow up on Indonesia`s invitation to invest in the "10 New Bali" tourism destinations.

In the social and cultural fields, Indonesia and Brunei have agreed to implement an MoU on health cooperation signed in 2015 and to follow up on an action plan on food security through agricultural cooperation.