The diplomatic relations between Indonesia and Greece
have been in fruitful level since 1994, since the opening of the Indonesian
Embassy in Athens. Today, the friendship and close cooperation between our
countries are at a high point, having been nurtured in recent times through
regular consultations between our officials.
We reached an important progress through the
establishment of Bilateral Consultation Forum (BCF) in 2008, which has resulted
in agreement to boost the cooperation in various sectors, including maritime
transport and tourism, especially focused in the education and cultural
Following the Bilateral Consultation Forum II in Bali,
Mei 2009, there are some initiatives to promote relationship between two
countries, among others are interfaith dialogue civilization and promote
cooperation on cruise travel to Indonesia’s islands.
Cooperation in political field is developing gradually,
in terms of multilateral cooperation through international forums especially by
supporting each other’s candidacy in the international forum, such as ICO, IMO,
IHO, ILC and UPU.
Up to today, there are three agreements that have been
signed by both countries, which are:
1. The Agreement between
Government of Indonesia and Government of the Hellenic Republic on Cultural and
Educational Cooperation, signed on 24 June 2004
2. Memorandum of Understanding
Between the Government of the Hellenic Republic and the Government of the
Republic of Indonesia on Cooperation in the field of Tourism, May 15, 2007
3. Air Transport Agreement,
signed on June 24, 2008
The relation between two countries’ parliaments starts to
accelerate since 18 January 2008 when The Parliament of Hellenic Republic has
established Friendship Group BetweenThe Hellenic Republic and the Republic of
Indonesia, followed by Indonesian Parliament’s also established Parliamentary Friendship
Group of DPR RI-Hellenic Parliament on 19 March 2008. The relations between two parliaments
reached its highest point in 2009, when the President of Parliament of
Dr. HM Hidayat Nur Wahid
met the President of the Hellenic Parliament and the President of the Hellenic
Republic in Athens.
In the economic sector, there is a lot of room for
improvement, since the trade and investment flows are still low and beyond
existing potential of both countries. Greece’s mainly imported products from
Indonesia are furniture, vegetable oil, paper, electric machinery; craft, house
wares, textile and auto/motor spare parts. On the other hand, Indonesia’s main
imports from Greece are olives, marble, IT equipment and synthetic fibers. The
similarity of geographical landscape also provides ample opportunities for both
countries in terms of potential cooperation in the sector of maritime transport
-- such as training of the seaman and intensifying Greek investment in the
shipyard industry in Indonesia—and in the sector of tourism such as cooperation
to increase tourist arrival as well as cooperation to develop shipping
transportation from island to island.
Each country has been also participating actively in the
biggest trade event in Indonesia and Greece respectively, namely Thessaloniki
International Fair and Indonesian Expo. Those two events have contributed a
lion share in the economic cooperation between two countries every year.
The cultural and educational cooperation between
Indonesia and Greek is based on “The Agreement between the Government of the
Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Hellenic Republic on Cultural
and Educational Cooperation” which was signed on 24 June 2004.
Apart of that, there has been a quite inspiring cultural
exchange between Indonesia and Greece. There have been already 31 Greek
students who participated in the Darmasiswa program since Greece’s first
participation in 1998. For the academic year 2012-2013 the Government of the
Republic of Indonesia awarded this scholarship to three Greek students.
Darmasiswa is an annual scholarship program offered to
all foreign students from friendly countries wishing to study Bahasa Indonesia
language, arts, music, dance and crafts. The main purpose of the Darmasiswa
Scholarship is to foster and encourage interest in the language and culture of
Indonesia, and create stronger cultural links with friendly countries.
Meanwhile, the Embassy has also done
numbers of cultural events in many cities in Greece as well as in some Greek
islands. The Indonesian Food Festival, Athens, 20-29 April 2012; the
performance by Teater TETAS Indonesia in 4 cities in Greece namely Sealinitika,
Patra, Derveni and Mesolongi, from 22-28 May 2012; and the participation of SMU Negeri 3 Jakarta at 32nd International
Folklore Festival of East Macedonia and Thrace, Kavala, 29 June – 7 July
2012, just to
name a few of the Indonesian Embassy’s effort in promoting people to people
contact between the two countries.