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Retno promotes MIKTA cooperation in creative economy

  • Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, May 22, 2018   /   01:11 pm
Retno promotes MIKTA cooperation in creative economy Closer ties: Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (second left) appears with fellow MIKTA foreign ministers in this handout photograph, released in a joint communiqué on the occasion of the 8th MIKTA Foreign Ministers Meeting in Turkey in November 2016. (Courtesy of the Foreign Ministry/File)

The government aims to strengthen its cooperation in the creative economy sector with partners Mexico, the Republic of Korea, Turkey and Australia under the MIKTA grouping, the foreign minister has said.

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi made the statement on Monday in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where she had chaired the 12th session of the MIKTA Foreign Ministers' meeting on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers meeting.

MIKTA was.established in 2013 as an informal consultation forum that grouped five middle-power countries.

As this year’s MIKTA coordinator, Retno said, Indonesia was focusing on fostering creative economy cooperation and on contributing further to global peace. 

During the MIKTA meeting, Retno highlighted the various activities Indonesia had undertaken to promote cooperation among MIKTA members, such as in counterterrorism and global security, commerce and economy – especially creative economy – as well as in enhancing its peacekeeping capacity.

She added that during its coordinatorship, Indonesia would continue to improve public awareness on MIKTA and forger closer community ties through activities such as campus visits and public seminars.

The Foreign Ministry had announced a plan to hold a World Conference on Creative Economy (WCCE) this November, and Retno requested that all MIKTA members participate.

The MIKTA foreign ministers also exchanged their views on several regional and global issues, including the situation the Korean Peninsula and in the Middle East, especially Palestine and Syria, the conflict in Rakhine State and post-election Venezuela, as well as the global economy.

Retno also called specifically on the MIKTA members not to join the US in moving their embassies to Jerusalem. (ebf)