Dutch Government Pledges Continued Aid For Indonesia

The Netherlands has pledged to continue its grant program in Indonesia after its existing one expires this year.

Dutch Minister for European Affairs and International Cooperation Ben Knapen, who recently visited Indonesia, said Monday that his country is considering a new three-year grant program for the Asian country, with a focus on economic development, water-related infrastructure, education, reforestation, trade, social development and institutional development. Knapen said there was no decision yet on how much money the program will involve, The Jakarta Post says.

Meantime, in a statement dated July 4, the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the country had allocated €50 million ($71.85 million) for Indonesia for 2011.

In Jakarta, Knapen also discussed his government’s plan to gradually move to providing bilateral aid to Indonesia instead of coursing its aid through multilateral organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank.

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