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April 23, 2022, 05.16 PM

JAKARTA, KOMPAS.comRussia is confident of achieving the target of $5 billion bilateral trade with Indonesia because of the positive trend in the economic cooperation of both countries.

This was said by Russia’s Ambassador to Indonesia Lyudmila Vorobieva on Tuesday, April 19.
“If this positive trend continues, we can reach the [trade volume] target despite all the disruption in the global economy,” Lyudmila told Kompas Go.

The Russian ambassador said that the economic cooperation of both countries has been developing very well. Russia's bilateral trade with Indonesia totaled nearly $3 billion, or up 42 percent, in 2021. Indonesia recorded a $240 million trade surplus last year, according to the Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data.

The products that Indonesia exported to Russia, among others, palm oil, juice, tropical fruits, and furniture. Meanwhile, Indonesia imported wheat, fertilizers, and cellulose products from Russia, said Lyudmila.

“We buy a lot of palm oil from Indonesia and we see that the number has been increasing. We don’t have any restrictions regarding trade in this important item,” she added.

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In a bid to achieve the trade volume target of $5 billion, both parties have agreed on the need for a discussion to resolve trade barriers issues that also involved the stakeholders of the two countries, according to the Indonesian Foreign Affairs Ministry website.

Concerning Russian investment in Indonesia, Lyudmila said that a Russian oil company is conducting feasibility studies in Natuna as Moscow is keen on participating in the gas exploration drilling project.

“Relevant officials are now assessing the commercial viability,” she said.

The envoy also said that other potential areas of cooperation that both countries can explore are hydro and nuclear energy development to produce electricity and the joint production of middle-range commercial aircraft.

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