25 Jul 2012

Indonesia keen on deepening Pacific ties

12:06 pm on 25 July 2012

Indonesia's Ambassador to the United States Dr Dino Djalal says his country is eager to expand relations with the South Pacific.

Dr Djalal, who was recently in American Samoa, says Jakarta wants to engage with the US and American Samoa.

Dr Djalal says while world powers like the United States and Japan report sluggish growth, Indonesia's economy is doing well, with six percent growth to make it worth one trillion dollars.

He says it's a proud moment for Indonesia.

"For us it's a big deal because we were colonised for so many centuries by European powers and to be able to reach a one trillion dollar mark is quite significant, in fact the projection is that in the coming two decades, Indonesia will be the top ten economies in the World, we are now number eighteen."

Indonesia is a dialogue partner of the Pacific Islands Forum and last year it was given observer status at the Melanesian Spearhead Group.