Turkish Embassy in Jakarta

Info Notes

Turkish –Indonesian Economic and Commercial Relations:, 10.05.2009

Economic and Technical Cooperation Agreement  which was signed in 1982 constitutes the basis for economic cooperation between Turkey and Indonesia. The agreements  for “Promotion and Reciprocal Protection of Investments” and “the Prevention of Double Taxation” which were completed in 1997  paved the way for closer cooperation on economic and commercial fields.

Turkey and Indonesia established Joint Economic Commission (JEC) in 1982 held the first meeting of JEC in the same year. The Seventh JEC Meeting  took place in 17-18 September 2008 in Ankara, and at this meeting two sides agreed on  organizing JEC Meetings once in every two years  on a regular basis.

Private sectors of two countries founded “Turkish- Indonesia  Business Council” in 1995. The first meeting of the Council took place in the same year. The Council which stayed inactive until 2006 was revitalized that year and second and third meetings of the Council  were held in October 2006 in Jakarta and in  September 2008 in Istanbul respectively.  The two sides agreed on holding the Business Council Meetings annually on regular basis in Indonesia and Turkey respectively.

 

Turkey attaches great importance to enhancing and deepening its trade relations with Indonesia. The trade and economic relations between Turkey and Indonesia increased considerably during last years and the total trade volume with a 38% increase reached the historical amount of 1.53 billion USD in 2007. Turkey’s export to Indonesia reached 174 million USD, while the imports from Indonesia moved up to 1,36 billion USD. Indonesia experienced a trade surplus 1,18 billion USD with Turkey in 2007. The total trade volume is expected to reach 2 billion USD at the end of this year.

 

Bilateral trade relations have been mainly conducted by Turkey’s imports from Indonesia. Turkey’s main export items are wheat flour, chemicals, electrical machines, iron and steel products, cotton and yarns, carpets and tobacco, while Indonesia’a main export items comprise of palm oil and its fractions, natural rubber, textile products, chemicals, paper and paperboard, television tubes, footwear, ceramic tableware, wood, furniture and electrical machinery and equipment.

 

Turkey considers that geographical locations of Turkey and Indonesia present a chance for both sides to become a base for benefiting from the opportunities of their respective regions. In this sense, the potential market of both countries are equally strategic. Turkey is at the gateway to Europe, Middle East and Western and Central Asia while Indonesia is at the gateway to the Southeast Asia Region.

 

At the 7th Term JEC Meeting the two sides  reiterated their confidence that trade volume would  reach 2 billion Dollars by the end of 2008 and set the target as 5 billion Dollar for the year of 2011.

 

 

Turkey’s Bilateral Trade Figures with Indonesia

 

 

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

Exports of Turkey(USD)

 

30.494.594

 

32.417.552

 

28.543.237

 

46.970.919

 

54.118.661

 

80.796.815

 

84.984.899

 

173.731.809

Imports of Turkey (USD)

 

231.389.042

 

202.234.521

 

327.021.231

 

450.353.860

 

623.420.300

 

745.389.296

 

1.031.302.884

 

1.359.852.045

 

Cultural and Educational Relations:

The Agreement on Cultural Affairs between Turkey and Indonesia signed in 1973 forms the basis of bilateral cultural and educational relations between the two countries.

Due to the intensive cultural activities and publications made about Turkey in Indonesia, tourism relations are also rapidly developing between Turkey and Indonesia.  The number of Indonesian tourists visiting Turkey reached 11.790 with an increase of 33% in 2007.

Within the framework of the increasing interest shown in the Turkish culture and language in recent years, Turkish Corners have been opened in the Syarif Hidayatullah State Islam University in Jakarta and Iain-Ar-Rainry University in Banda Aceh and optional Turkish language courses have been started in the University of Indonesia, Gajah Mada University and Malang University. Furthermore, in the “Sultan Selim II Community Center” which was built by the Turkish Red Crescent in Banda Aceh, Turkish language courses are also given to Indonesian students.

In 2007, sister city relationship has been established between Istanbul and Jakarta.

Every year, the “Turkish Culinary and Cultural Weeks” are organized by the Turkish Embassy in Jakarta. In the cultural weeks which are mostly held twice a year, the locals of Jakarta find the chance to taste the unique Turkish food, listen to Turkish  music and watch the Turkish folkloric dances.

In addition to that, every year, conferences are organized on Turkey and Turkish Foreign Policy in various universities and presentations are made by the staff members of the Turkish Embassy.

There are nearly 250 Turkish citizens living in Indonesia. A significant number of the Turkish citizens living in Indonesia are teachers working in the schools owned by the PASIAD (Foundation on Social and Economic Cooperation with the Pacific Countries). PASIAD has 6 schools in Indonesia (2 in Jakarta and one each in Bandung, Semarang, Banda Aceh, and Sregen).  These schools are of international school status and all lessons in these institutions are given in Bahasa Indonesia and English. In addition to that, Turkish language courses are given to students 3 hours a week.

There are also around 50 Turkish students studying in Indonesia in various universities. Turkish businessmen in Indonesia who  are working in different sectors form also an important part of the Turkish community.

During the visit of the Minister of National Education of Indonesia H.E. Prof. Dr. Bambang Soedibyo to Turkey on 7-11 December 2007, a “Letter of Intent Between The Government of the Republic of Indonesia and the Government of the Republic of Turkey Concerning Educational Cooperation Program” was signed by the two  Ministers. On the basis of this document, the Indonesian school masters started visits  to Turkey on a regular basis to participate short term training  programmes.

 

The Turkish government is providing scholarships to the Indonesian students on an annual basis.  In the 2008-2009 educational term; 2 Turkish language, 5 university, 5 post-graduate and 3 research scholarships were granted to Indonesian students. The scholarship consist of tuition fee, dormitory facilities, monthly allowance and   health expenses. The students have to cover travel expenses by themselves. Applications for the scholarships should be made to the Embassy through e-mail or by phone.

By clicking on the address below, you can find the detailed info on the scholarships.

 

http://www.meb.gov.tr/

 

In 2008, University Examination for Foreign Students has been organized in Indonesia for the first time.  250 students participated in  the examination in 2008. The successful students in the examination acquire the right to realize their university education in Turkey. For further information on the possibilities of university education in Turkey and that examination, you can contact the Embassy.

 

Another important step that was taken in the area of education for the enhancement of cooperation between the two countries is the building of sister school relationships between the high schools of Indonesia and Turkey. The schools which have been establishing sister school relationships with the Turkish schools so far are the SMA Lab School  Jakarta, the SMA 8 Jakarta  and the SMA Negeri 1 Atatürk High School in Banda Aceh, which was built after the Tsunami in Aceh by the Turkish Red Crescent (Kızılay).

On the other hand, with the DARMASISWA foreign student programme, Indonesia is providing scholarships to students of nearly 50 countries including Turkey in order to study Indonesian language, art, history and music.