New Zealand Government Increases Aid to Indonesia

he Government of New Zealand is planning to increase its aid to Indonesia from NZD 14 million/year toNZD 20 million/year thorough NZAID. This commitment was issued during the Joint Ministerial Conference II, 10 August 2009 in Wellington. Indonesia is the biggest recipient of NZAID in the Southeast Asia. The Second Conference has produced an Agreed Minutes in which Indonesia and New Zealand agreed to increase cooperations in the fields of trade and investment, economy, defence and security, and disaster risk management. The Indonesian delegation was led by Foreign Minister Dr. Hassan Wirajuda and New Zealand delegation was led by Hon. Murray McCully. New Zealand is currently strengthening its relation with Asian countries including Indonesia. In the white paper "Our Future with Asia", New Zealand realized the importance of Asia. New Zealand has actively involved in ASEAN, East Asia Summit, and the establishment of CEPEA (Comprehensive Economic Partnership in East Asia).