Visa-on-arrival in Indonesia harbinger of closer cooperation

New Delhi, Nov 23 | Updated: Nov 24 2005, 05:30am hrs
Prime Minister Manmohan Singhs appreciation of Indonesias adoption of a visa-on-arrival policy for Indian nationals during the visit of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono here on Wednesday set the tone for a whole range of MoUs to be signed between the two countries.

Both countries agreed to work together to improve connectivity and people-to-people contacts between their countries through enhanced tourism, civil aviation and shipping links.

An MoU was signed between the Indian agriculture ministry and the Indonesian ministry of marine affairs and fisheries of Indonesia, seeking to set up a framework for the enhancement of cooperation in the field of marine fisheries.

Both countries also agreed on the establishment of a joint study group to examine the feasibility of a comprehensive economic cooperation agreement (CECA). The MoU was signed by Kamal Nath, minister of commerce and industry and his counterpart Mari Elka Pangestu.

Another MoU between the MEA and the Indonesian department of foreign affairs called for providing a framework for cooperation in the training of diplomats between the two countries.

The visiting leader welcomed Indias offer of cooperation with the defence ministry and defence department of Indonesia in the procurement of defence supplies, defence technologies, joint production and joint projects.