1st Joint Indonesian-Yemeni commission meeting to start in Jakarta [Archives:2003/636/Local News]

May 12 2003

The Indonesian Embassy in Sanaa confirmed through a press release last week that the first joint commission meeting between Indonesia and Yemen is set to start in Jakarta, Indonesia during 1-3 June.
The meeting will be headed by the foreign ministers of Yemen and Indonesia and will focus on means to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.
“It is expected that a great number of agreements in various fields such as investment promotion, trade, industry, labor, culture and tourism, health and family planning, information, agriculture, oil and mines, Islamic religion, fishery, and immigration will be signed during the meeting.” the embassy said in its statement.
This meeting comes five years after President Ali Abdullah paid a visit to Jakarta in 1998. It also comes two years after Former Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid paid a visit to Yemen in 2001.
The economy volume between Yemen and Indonesia has reached just under USD 124 million in 2002, which is a significant 38.11% increase compared to 2001. In 2002, the total exports of Indonesia to Yemen reached around USD 82 million. Exports from Yemen to Indonesia during the same year were estimated at around USD 41 million.
Latest statistics reveal that around 5 million Indonesians of Yemeni origin are living in Indonesia. On the other hand only one thousand Indonesians are living in Yemen today.