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Ambassador Xie Feng attended the Symposium on Commemorating the 50th Anniversary of UNIDO

On 13 December, Indonesian Foreign Ministry hosted a symposium themed “Building on the Momentum: Enhancing the Role of Industry for Sustainable Development” to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization(UNIDO). Ambassador Xie Feng attended the symposium and delivered a remarks on China’s achievement and bright prospects in its cooperation with Indonesia on sustainable development.

Ambassador Xie Feng said, since its founding half a century ago, UNIDO has not only contributed to the industrial and economic growth of the developing countries but also to poverty reduction and development of the world as a whole. Last month. Chinese Premier Li Keqiang sent a congratulatory letter to UNIDO for its 50th Anniversary.

According to Ambassador Xie Feng, looking at development experience of all countries, we realize that industrialization is the only way to stronger growth in economy, employment and livelihood. Since beginning of the reform and opening-up policy, China has embarked on the fast track of industrialization. Within a short span of over 3 decades, China has accomplished what took developed countries hundreds of years to accomplish. Now, China has put in place a complete industrial system with an enormous production capacity and found an industrialization path suited to its national conditions. Now, as the largest manufacturing country and second largest economy, China has reached the middle stage of industrialization. It ranks first worldwide in terms of output in more than 220 categories of industrial products. It has manufacturing capacity for quality and affordable mid-end equipment, strong engineering and service capabilities with industrial competitiveness ranking 5th in the world.

Looking at China's journey of industrialization, we recognize that industrialization in the age of globalization requires us to take full advantage of both domestic and international markets and both home and overseas resources, put our comparative advantages to the best use and realize the global allocation of resources. What’s more, we should draw on the experience of the advanced countries, and choose an industrialization path suited to our national conditions. Now, the Chinese government is committed to innovation-driven development and Made in China 2025 Initiative, and is stepping up efforts to promote deep integration among mass entrepreneurship and innovation, industrialization and informatization. China believes that international cooperation on production capacity will unleash industrial advantages of each nation, and realize high-level mutual benefits, opening up a new path for South-South and South-North cooperation.

As Indonesia’s comprehensive strategic partner, China is closely watching Indonesia’s development. Indonesia is long committed to industrialization and aims to become a major industrial powerhouse. In recent years, under the leadership of President Jokowi, significant progress has been made in Indonesian government’s efforts to promote innovation and industrial development. UNIDO’s latest report shows that Indonesia has passed Russia and the UK to become the 10th largest manufacturing country worldwide. Industrial development has now become a major driving force for Indonesia’s economic growth. Statistics in 2015 show that industrial output accounted for 42.8% of Indonesia’s GDP. The industrial growth rate of non-oil and gas sector reached 5.04% which is higher than GDP growth rate of 4.79%. We are very glad to see such significant progress in Indonesia, as remarked by Ambassador Xie Feng.

More importantly, Indonesia still has great potential and unique advantages in achieving sustainable industrialization. Indonesia has a wealth of raw materials and human resources. It leads the world in a variety of mineral reserves, such as bauxite, tin, coal, nickel, iron and copper. Indonesia has a population of about 250 million, of which 123 million are labor force, unleashing huge demographic dividend. While the global economy has somewhat slowed down, Indonesia has maintained rapid growth, a very encouraging trend for domestic and foreign investors. During the recent UN Conference on Trade and Development, it was announced that Indonesia had become the third largest recipient of foreign direct investment.

Ambassador Xie Feng said, as we often say, “Good company on the road is the shortest cut.” Both China and Indonesia are developing countries that aim to achieve sound growth and better life for the people. I believe our two countries are natural partners because we complement each other in infrastructure, production capacity, finance and many other areas. Take the Morowali Qingshan Industrial Park as an example. The park consists of 5 ferro-nickel and stainless steel smelting plants with a total investment of nearly 3 billion US dollars. Previously, Indonesia could only export nickel ore for 30 US dollars per ton. But now, Indonesia can sell ferro-nickel for 1,300 US dollars per ton. And after the stainless steel plant is completed by mid 2017, Indonesia will be able to produce 2 million tons of stainless steel annually with price reaching 2,300 US dollars per ton. Thanks to the Qingshan Industrial Park, Indonesia has further extended its industrial chain and increased added-value. Now, its products are sold across Indonesia as well as in Southeast Asia and Europe. It clearly shows that our complementary and mutually beneficial cooperation is a strong boost to our sustainable development goals.

In September, Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of G20 Hangzhou Summit and reached the important consensus on deepening bilateral cooperation on production capacity. Looking into the future, China is ready to work with Indonesia in implementing the consensus, further align our development strategies and enhance cooperation in such areas as electricity, photovoltaic, steel, nonferrous metals, shipbuilding and construction materials. Moreover, efforts are being made to promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in modern agriculture, green development and poverty alleviation so as to achieve economic, social and environmental sustainability and deliver tangible benefits to our people.

Finally,Ambassador Xie Feng said, “the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development represents the common aspiration of all mankind for peace, prosperity and dignity. To promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization is an important part of the Agenda. I believe if China and Indonesia as two important developing countries in the region could join hands in promoting industrialization, we will make even greater contribution to a strong, sustainable, balanced and inclusive growth in the region and beyond.”

After his speech, Ambassador Xie Feng answered questions about China’s environment protection policy of China, cooperation on renewable energies.

The symposium was attend by Ridwan Hassan,Special Advisor to the Minister on Economic Diplomacy, Shadia Hajarabi, UNIDO Representative for Indonesia,Tri Purnajaya, Director for Trade, Industry and Intellectual Property Rights, Ministry of Foreign affairs,and other 100 representatives of the UNIDO, diplomatic missions in Jakarta, Indonesian governments, NGOs, think-tanks and companies.

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