H.E. Obaid Humaid Al Tayer, Minister of State for Financial Affairs, held a virtual meeting today with H.E. Dr. Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Finance of the Republic of Indonesia; H.E. Kunta Nugraha, Assistant of Minister for Government Expenditure; H.E. Suryo Utomo, Director-General of Taxes; and a number of officials from the Indonesian Ministry of Finance. H.E. Saeed Rashid Al Yateem, Assistant Under Secretary of Resource and Budget Sector at MoF also attended the meeting, which sought to discuss ways to enhance relations and strategic partnerships between both countries and address G20-related topics.
During the meeting, H.E. Al Tayer noted the strong bilateral relations between the UAE and the Republic of Indonesia, and stressed on the need to continue dialogue between the two friendly countries to strengthen cooperation and joint action in various economic, financial and commercial fields.
H.E. Al Tayer said: “The UAE and Indonesia have strong economic and trade relations, which were further enhanced by the strategic agreements and MoU's signed between them. These agreements enhance cooperation in various sectors of common interest and include the agreement to protect and encourage investment; and the Double Taxation Avoidance Agreement, which was signed in July 2019. Also, the volume of non-oil trade between the UAE and Indonesia grew by 23% last year, reaching USD 2.7 billion in 2019 compared to USD 2.2 billion in 2018."
Also discussed during the meeting were ways for the UAE and Indonesia to coordinate on developing economic relations between the UAE and the ASEAN Group in accordance with the framework agreement between the GCC and the ASEAN Group.