Jakarta. Vice President Jusuf Kalla received the visit of Pakistan’s Ambassador to Indonesia H.E. Mr. Mohammad Aqil Nadeem at his office on Jalan Merdeka Utara, Jakarta, on Thursday (Feb. 18).

At the meeting, the Vice President conveyed his appreciation on the good relationship between Indonesia and Pakistan that has been existing since Indonesia was still fighting for freedom.

“It is important to strengthen our relationship especially in trade and business in a long term,” he told Mr. Nadeem.

Mr Kalla further explained that the Indonesian government now has a special committee under the Trade Ministry’s coordination dedicated to cope with trade relationship with other countries.

Besides, he added, government has implemented  three-hour permit service managed by the Coordinating Investment Board (BKPM)  to ensure easy doing business. This, he said, is also hoped able to boost the trade value and investment between Indonesia and Pakistan

In reply, Ambassador Nadeem said trade relationship between the two countries has positively contributed to the economic growth in both countries.

“The bilateral trade value between Indonesia and Pakistan in the last two years has increased from USD40 million to USD2.3 billion,” he said, adding that Pakistan is the fourth largest export market for Indonesia’s palm oil.

Concluding the meeting, Ambassador Nadeem praised democracy in Indonesia that he believed so solid that resulted in peaceful leadership succession in the country.

Accompanying Mr. Nadeem in the meeting were Pakistan’s Deputy Head of Mission Mr. Syed Zahid Raza and Secretary on Political Affairs Mr. Shahzia Muneer.