The Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Abuja with accreditation to Ghana, Dr Usra Hendra Harahap has stressed the need for Ghana and Indonesia to boost the volume of trade between each other. According to him, the two sister countries can take advantage of the long standing bi-lateral ties between them since the establishment of the beginning of diplomatic relations in 1959.
Dr. Harahap noted that such a move would go a long way to further reflect and improve the real capacity of bi-lateral trade co-operation between the two countries.
The Ambassador made the point in a brief address at a ceremony at the Jubilee House in Accra on Tuesday, March 22, 2022 where he presented his credentials to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
Ghana is one of the important partners to Indonesia in Africa. The country’s volume of trade is only about USD250 million, a situation the Ambassador noted could be drastically improved upon through further boost of volumes of trade between Indonesia and Ghana.
There are currently thirty-four (34) Indonesian Enterprises that have established business partnerships in Africa with a total investment portfolio of USD5 billion in value with the area of investment being in the mining industries, the oil and gas sector, the pharmaceutical space, agriculture, construction, energy, textiles as well as in the food and beverages industries.
The Ambassador assured President Akufo Addo that state-owned enterprises in the Republic of Indonesia are ready to support Ghana to develop many of its projects in the train and railway sector, construction of airports and power plants as well as in the housing sector. According to him, countries such as Senegal, Algeria, Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Niger amongst other have variously benefited from the expertise of Indonesia.
Dr. Harahap disclosed that Indonesia has one indigenous aerospace company that has core competences in aircraft design and development, adding that the company has been producing various types of aircraft including helicopter and drones that have been operating in countries such as Burkina Faso, Senegal and Gabon.
According to him, the country’s needs in the area of weapons and ammunition as well as vehicles for the military can be satisfied by Indonesia since the country has specialties in armoured vehicles, assault rifles and an extensive array of small-large-medium caliber of ammunition. The Ambassador therefore proposed a defense co-operation between the two countries in order to explore deeper opportunities in this sector as well.
Dr. Harahap recalled the historical relationship between the two countries leading to efforts culminating into the two countries becoming founders of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM). He assured President Akufo Addo and Ghanaians that as Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Ghana, he would do everything within his power to maintain the utmost interests and aspirations of the two great peoples and countries. ‘I am ready to bring the highest level of co-operation between Indonesia and Ghana. I will also develop a new era of collaboration between our two sister countries’, the Ambassador emphasized.
The Ambassador was grateful to the President and government for supporting the integrity of the territory and sovereignty of the Republic of Indonesia amidst the global Covid-19 challenges and some secessionist attempts the country has faced from a small group of Papuan people who claimed to be an oppressed and marginalized group, despite the Indonesian government’s tremendous efforts in developing and providing welfare to the people in that region.
In his statement, the President warmly welcomed the envoy to the country and wished him well and a successful duty tour of the country. He assured him of Ghana’s commitment to strengthening all the needed ties with Indonesia and entreated him to seek the necessary assistance from the government in the discharge of his duties and responsibilities.
President Akufo Addo touched on exploring new areas of co-operation between Ghana and Indonesia for the mutual benefit of the peoples of the two countries.
He gave the assurance that officials at the Presidency and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration were always at his disposal for any form of assistance and support in the performance of his duties and responsibilities.
The Indonesian Ambassador was accompanied by his Honorary Consul in Accra, Ghana, H.E Paskal AB Rois.
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo received the credentials of five (5) other new envoys posted to Ghana at separate colourful ceremonies at the Jubilee House in Accra.
The envoys were Ali Redjel from Algeria, Jon Tong Choi from North Korea, Fidelia Graand-Galon from Surinam, Mohamedour Musa Nje from The Gambia and Leena Pyslvanainen from Finland.