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By Willie Sacksack

PORT VILA, Vanuatu (Vanuatu Daily Post, March 29) –Representatives of the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia were in Vanuatu this week.

They are the Deputy Chief of Mission Mr Y. Kristiarto S. Legovo and the Second Secretary/Economic, Lynda Kurnia Wardhani.

Both officials are based at the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in Canberra, the capital of Australia.

The main purpose for their visit to Port Vila was to make preparations for the arrival of the new Indonesian Ambassador to Vanuatu who is based in Autralia next week.

According to them the new Indonesian Ambassador will present his credentials to the Head of State, H. E. President Kalkot Mataskelekele, on the 28th of March 2006.

The new ambassador is H.E. Teuko Muhammad Hamzah Thayeb.

H. E. Muhammad hamzah Thayeb will replace the former Indonesian Ambassador H.E. Imron Cotan.

Whilst in the country the officials called on some local authorities. On Tuesday the Indonesian officials paid a visit to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs where they held talks with the Minister Hon. Sato Kilman and officials of the Department. The two Indonesian officials also called on other authorities to hold discussions to further strengthen economic cooperation and relationship between their country and the Republic of Vanuatu.

They also requested information on trade between Indonesia and Vanuatu.

On Wednesday afternoon Ms Lynda Kurnia Wardhani visited the office of the Vanuatu Investment Promotion Authority (VIPA). The objective of Ms Wardhani’s visit to VIPA was to discuss the proposed Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (Treaty).

England was the first country to sign Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement with Vanuatu in 2003. Other countries that Vanuatu is negotiating similar bilateral arrangements include Australia, New Zealand, United States of America, France, Japan, Singapore, China and Indonesia.

The bilateral agreement with China is expected to be signed in Nadi, Fiji, next month. France and Indonesia are likely to do so in not too distant future.

April 3, 2006

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