Jakarta (ANTARA) - Head of regional cooperation at the Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation Agency (BKSAP) of the House of Representatives (DPR), Putu Supadma Rudana, has voiced support for fostering cooperation between Indonesia and Norway, especially on energy transition.

"Norway utilizes hydropower. Indonesia is also committed to achieving the 2030 SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals) agenda," he said on Tuesday.

Rudana said that Norway has an advantage in terms of energy transition, specifically in the development of new and renewable energy.

He noted that the parliament can serve as a bridge to connect Indonesia and Norway and realize the new and renewable energy transition.

He also said that the solution to air pollution and climate change has become a topic of discussion between the parliaments of Indonesia and Norway, an observer country, at the 44th ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA) General Assembly.

Cooperation between Indonesia and Norway needs to be improved, for instance, in education and culture, Rudana added.

"The final commitment is how we support each other in international forums, where Norway supports Indonesia, and Indonesia has the same commitment to support Norway," he continued.

He added that in the tourism sector, Indonesia is very open to international tourists as there are excellent tourist destinations spread across the country.

AIPA's 44th General Assembly is taking place in Jakarta from August 7–9, 2023, with parliamentary chairpersons of nine ASEAN countries — Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam — in attendance.

In addition, 18 observer countries, including Norway, are attending the general assembly.

President Joko Widodo officially opened the 44th AIPA General Assembly in Jakarta on Monday (August 7).

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