October 22, 2020, 08.50 PM

KOMPAS.com – Indonesia’s Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry and Switzerland forged a partnership aimed at better work and improved living standards.

While the cooperation focused on labor and manpower matters, it also demonstrated both countries' willingness to strengthen their bilateral relations.

Secretary-General of the Disadvantaged Regions and Transmigration Ministry Anwar Sanusi said the partnership also seeks to support the realization of goals set forth in the international agreement, EFTA-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IE-CEPA).

“The coronavirus pandemic has affected the economy, but through this cooperation, we are certain that we will survive and head towards a prospective economic recovery,” Anwar said in a written statement released at the ‘1st Joint Working Group Indonesia-Switzerland’ event.

Read also: IMF: Indonesia Economy to Contract 1.5 Percent Next Year due to Covid-19

The event, which was held virtually in Bandung, West Java on October 20, symbolizes the level of commitment between Indonesia and Switzerland in continuing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in Geneva in June 2019.

“Members of the technical meeting comprised of government officials, tripartite members, and labor union workers as well as industry associations such as the Indonesian Employers Association or APINDO,” said Indah Anggoro Putri, Head of the International Cooperation Bureau of the Indonesian Ministry of Manpower.

According to Anwar, the Indonesia-Switzerland joint working group was crucial because nearly all countries are facing such unprecedented times stemming from the Covid-19 pandemic.

Read also: Swiss Referendum Will Decide If Purchase of Fighter Jets Allowed

Disruptions in trade, investment, tourism, business, labor market, and health care have taken place since the virus outbreak spread worldwide.

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