Enhanced Collaboration
    Category: Issues & Ideas By : Sonya Angraini Read : 1200 Date : Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 05:52:07

    Ahmad Zamroni for Forbes Indonesia

    Mikhail YurievichGaluzin was appointed as the ambassador of the Russian Federation to Indonesia in October 2012, after serving as director general at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation. Previously, he had been in several positions in the Embassy of the Russian Federation to Japan. He is also the permanent representative of the Russian Federation to ASEAN. Mikhail, 54, talked to Forbes Indonesia in his elegant residence, stating his belief that Russia and Indonesia have a solid relationship and are strengthening this cooperation. He sees many opportunities in which the two countries can further collaborate.

    Forbes Indonesia: With your experience in Asia, including Indonesia, how do you see the relationship so far?

    Mikhail Galuzin: The relationship between Russia and Indonesia is taking significant steps forward. First of all, we have strengthened and deepened the political dialogue and relationship between our leaders, President Vladimir Putin and President SusiloBambangYudhoyono. They held an important meeting in October 2013 and our leaders agreed to further stimulate development of the Russia-Indonesia partnership, including political, trade, economic and investment cooperation, cultural and education, as well as our connection in international affairs and military ties. In more concrete terms, last year our trade volume rose to nearly $3 billion. We also have launched an implementation process of several important investment projects, which if achieved, will change the whole picture of the Russia and Indonesia relationship.

    FI: What are these projects?

    MG: First, a railway construction project in the eastern part of Kalimantan as well as port facilities. A Russian state-owned company, Russian Railways, is developing this project with an investment of around $2 billion and it will contribute to strengthening infrastructure in Indonesia. Then Rusal, the world’s largest aluminum producer, agreed with its Indonesia counterpart to launch a refinery project to produce primary alumina using bauxite resources in the western part of Kalimantan. It is fully in line with the recent strategy of Indonesia’s government to export processed raw materials to add value to Indonesia’s exported goods. The investment is around $2 billion. We also recently started exporting Russian-made KamAZ trucks. We have started this export and hope in the future to reach a high level in this field, including assembling parts here in Indonesia. We also have promising projects of exporting our passenger aircraft to Indonesia, Sukhoi, with three already in Indonesia. There are many other promising areas for trade, economic and investment cooperation.