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Canada - Indonesia Relations

Canada established diplomatic relations with Indonesia in 1952.

In Indonesia, Canada is represented by the Embassy of Canada in Jakarta. The Embassy offers trade, consular, and immigration services, in addition to managing political, economic, development, and defence cooperation. In 2007, the Embassy also launched a new off-site Visa Application Centre (VAC), which further facilitates access to services.

Indonesia is represented in Canada by an Embassy in Ottawa. Indonesia also has consulates in Toronto and Vancouver.

Canada and Indonesia maintain strong and friendly bilateral relations, and have a long history of engaging in the promotion and protection of human rights, religious freedom, democracy, governance and pluralism. Counter-terrorism cooperation and capacity building is another key pillar of the bilateral relationship and Indonesia is also a participant in Canada’s Military Training Cooperation Program (MTCP). As a development partner, Canada works closely with Indonesia to support  economic growth and reduce vulnerability to poverty.

Canada and Indonesia are partners in a number of multilateral organizations, such as Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Regional Forum (ARF), the G20, and the World Trade Organization (WTO). This attests to a shared commitment to the Asia-Pacific region and multilateral cooperation.

With respect to trade, Indonesia represents a growing market for Canadian goods, services, and investment. Many Canadian firms have a presence in Indonesia and directly employ tens of thousands of Indonesians. Canada and Indonesia cooperate to promote greater economic competitiveness and a more accountable business environment for Canadian and Indonesian businesses in the areas of financial services, infrastructure, the oil and gas sector, mining, aerospace and defence, information and communication technology, and agri-food products.

November 2014

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