The Swedish Speaker of the Parlament Visits Indonesia

The Speaker paid an official visit to Indonesia on the invitation of the Chairman of the Peoples Consultative Assembly MPR H.E. Mr Taufiq Kiemas on 25-27 May 2011. Mr Westerberg headed a delegation consisting of the leaders of the party fractions represented in the Parliament, as well as the Secretary General of the Parliament.

The visit has been very useful and interesting, says Mr Westerberg as he departs from Jakarta Friday evening. Climate change and environment, trade and investment, democracy and human rights, have been identified as areas where Sweden and Indonesia share a common interest, and where there is room for deepened cooperation.  Strengthened parliamentary cooperation is an essential part of the expanding bilateral relations between our countries, and I am pleased that we have developed these important
contacts further through this visit.

Mr Westerberg last visited Indonesia in 1992, at that time as Minister of Industry and Commerce. The development that Indonesia has gone through since my last visit are remarkable, and the discussions we have had in the last few days illustrate a wide range of aspects of the current situation in Indonesia, in Sweden and in the world, says Mr Westerberg.

H. E. Per Westerberg and his delegation were received by H. E. Taufiq Kiemas, Chairman of the Peoples Consultative Assembly, MPR. They also had meetings with  the Chairman of the DPR H.E. Marzuki Alie, the Chairman of DPD H. E. Irman Gusman, as well as several Commissions of the DPR.

Furthermore, the Speaker paid a visit to Vice President H.E. Prof. Dr. oediono and also met with H. E. Djoko Suyanto, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs.

The delegation had meetings with the Deputy Minister of Finance Dr. Ir. Anny Ratnawati and Chief Negotiator for Climate Change Dr Rachmat Witoelar. In addition, the delegation met with representatives of the Swedish business community in Indonesia, the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK)  and distinguished representatives of Indonesian civil society organizations and think tanks.

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