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Queen Maxima and Indonesian Minister Retno Marsudi

By Roy Lie Atjam

The Hague 1st July  2021. Indonesia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs  H.E. Retno Marsudi was on a working visit to The Hague. Noteworthy, Minister Retno Marssudi is a former Ambassador of Indonesia in the Netherlands but is now a prominent member of H.E. President Joko Widodo’s Government. It is  Retno Marsudi’ second mandate as foreign minister. On 1st  July 2021, Minister Retno Marsudi met with HR. Queen Maxima, Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Foreign Minister Sigrid Kaag.

Here is what the Embassy of Indonesia in The Hague reported on the visit:

Working Visit of Minister Retno Marsudi to the Netherlands

During her Working Visit to the Netherlands on July 1st 2021, Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Retno Marsudi held a meeting with:

Her Majesty Queen Máxima of the Netherlands in her capacity as the United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development (UNSGSA) and Honorary Patron of the Global Platform for Financial Inclusion (GPFI) of the G20; Prime Minister of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mark Rutte; and Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands, Sigrid Kaag.

Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Minister Retno Marsudi.

On her meeting with Queen Máxima, the meeting focussed on the issue of Financial Inclusion. In 2020, Indonesia has reached financial inclusivity index of 81 percent, compared with 76 percent in 2019. The role of women in economic development, especially in financial inclusion and digital economics.

On the separate meetings with PM Rutte and Minister Kaag, Minister Marsudi discussed the strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two countries.

In the discussion with Minister Kaag, the Netherlands agreed to give 3 million Covid-19 vaccines to Indonesia. Both with Minister Kaag and with PM Rutte, Minister Marsudi also discussed the possibilities of cooperation on therapeutic medicines.

Minister Kaag and Minister Marsudi.

Aside from vaccines and medicines, Minister Marsudi also discussed the extension of existing cooperation on sustainable palm oils to also address vegetable oils in general, in the context of its contribution to the achievement of UN SDGs 2030. Minister Marsudi explored the cooperation on study, research and seminar on sustainable vegetable oils and SDGs 2030.

Beside the bilateral relations, at the meeting with Minister Kaag, Minister Marsudi also discussed about the situation in the world, especially about the issue on women empowerment.

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