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Indonesia and Africa: Beyond the Bandung Spirit

  • Retno LP Marsudi

Jakarta   /   Mon, February 6 2017   /  01:05 am

At the 2014 World Economic Forum, the global managing director of McKinsey and Company spoke of a continent that “represents our fastest-growing region in the world.” He said “if you want to be relevant, you need to be in this part of the world.” If one was to guess the region being referred to, chances are many would get it wrong, as the answer was Africa.

Just as Indonesia has transformed over the past couple of decades, so has Africa. The continent now has a US$2 trillion economy with about a third of its countries registering growth of more than 6 percent annually. In fact, out of the world’s top 10 fastest growing economies, six are from Africa. As Africa is brimming with tremendous potential, is Indonesia a part of the story?

The bond between Indonesia and Africa is forged by the shared historic solidarity against colonialism. Indonesia was one of the spons...