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How Indonesia, Kazakhstan will gain from close ties

  • Daniyar Sarekenov

    Jakarta

Jakarta   /   Sat, October 31 2020   /  01:00 am
Trade hub: Dockers work in Kazakhstan's Caspian Sea port of Aktau, on Aug. 15, 2018. Kazakhstan is bidding to connect trade between Asia and Europe.(AFP/Talant Kusain)

One of my favorite dishes in Indonesia is the delicious nasi goreng, the country’s national dish. Much like Indonesians, the dish is a generous one. The fragrant rice is tossed in the wok, with lots of toppings that can include chicken, seafood and vegetables, among many other ingredients. I have no doubt that should nasi goreng come to Kazakhstan, it will be a big hit. After all, we love our food as well, and our dishes range from meat dishes such as beshbarmak to rice dishes such as pilaf. These are dishes that we are also eager to share with our Indonesian friends. Indeed, food is one of the many and growing areas that both Indonesia and Kazakhstan can both enjoy and benefit from. Kazakhstan and Indonesia share many similarities. We are each the largest countries and economies in our respective regions, with multi-ethnic and multi-religious populations. Our relations ha...