Bilateral relations between Hungary and Indonesia

Diplomatic relations
Indonesia is widely considered as one of the most influential member states of ASEAN. Due to its political weight and market potentials, the country is a highly important partner for Hungary in the region. Decades old bilateral political ties are outstanding.

Diplomatic relations were established in 1955. Hungarian Embassy was opened in Jakarta in 1957. Hungary has two honorary consuls in Indonesia, one in Bandung, West Java, and another in Denpasar, Bali. A third honorary consulate is to be established soon in Surabaya, East Java.

High level visits
The latest top level contacts were the state visit by President Megawati Soekarnoputri to Hungary in September 2002 and that of Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsány to Indonesia in July 2005. Foreign Minister Hassan Wirayuda visited Hungary in October 2005. Past years witnessed several ministerial contacts as well. In January 2004 Kálmán Kovács, Minister of informatics and communications, co-chairman of the Hungaro-Indonesian Joint Commission paid an official visit to Jakarta. The Sessions of the Joint Commission have been revived too. János Kóka, Minister of economy and transport held talks in Indonesia in March 2005.
Major bilateral agreements
Political Declaration /to supplement the 1961 Basic Treaty on fiendship and co-operation/ (2002), Agreement on Technical and Scientific Co-operation (1967), Agreement on the Avoidance of Double Taxation (1989), Agreement on the Mutual Protection of Investments (1992), Air Traffic Agreement (1994), Framework-agreement between the Central Banks (1994), Co-operation agreement between the Chambers of Commerce (2004), Agreement on the establishment of a Joint Business Council (2004), Economic Co-operation Agreement (2005), MoU in the field of Tourism (2005), MoU between the Foreign Ministries (2005).

Cultural ties
In March 2003 and October 2005 the Hungarian Academy String Quartett, in January 2004 the Rajkó Gipsy Band, in October 2004 and December 2005 piano soloist Ádám György, in November 2005 the Budapest Operetta Theatre performed, with great success, in Jakarta. Under the sponsorship of the Indonesian Ministry of Education and Culture some 10 Hungarian students study every year at various Indonesian universities. Beginning from the academic year 2000/2001 the Central-European University (CEU) has been offering 6 scholarships per annum for students from Indonesia. Hungary offers 10 scholarships for Indonesia for academic year 2006.

by Ferenc Gémes, Counsellor