In Official Visit, Hillary Clinton Fleshes Out US-Indonesia Partnership Priorities

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Indonesian Foresign Minister Marty Natalegawa hold a joint press conference in Bali, Indonesia. Photo by: U.S. State Department

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton visited Indonesia on Sunday (July 24) for bilateral talks, including on updates to the comprehensive partnership agreement signed by the United States and the Asian country in 2010. The partnership includes commitments from the two countries to boost cooperation in trade, investment and climate initiatives.

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Among the initiatives discussed during a joint commission meeting headed by Clinton and Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa in Bali were joint investments in the Asian country’s environment, energy and business sectors.

Clinton also updated Indonesia on the status of an approximately $600 million compact from the Millennium Challenge Corp., which the U.S. State Department said is in the “final stages of development.” The compact will be focused on education, governance, environment and health-related initiatives.

Under the comprehensive partnership, the United States and Indonesia also aim to complete a second Tropical Forest Conservation Act Agreement by Sept. 30. The agreement authorizes the reduction and transfer of some debt payments to support forest conservation initiatives and is expected to include some $20 million.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Agency for International Development has launched new environment and climate projects under a $136 million framework agreement with Indonesia. The two countries’ agriculture ministries intend to cooperate on the development and use of new agriculture technologies.

The U.S.-Indonesia comprehensive partnership was signed during the 2010 visit of U.S. President Barack Obama to the Asian country.

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