Media Note: United States and Indonesia Sign South-South and Triangular Cooperation Memorandum of Understanding to Support Developing Countries

The United States and Indonesia, the world’s second and third largest democracies, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) today to facilitate their work together to support developing countries. The MoU on South-South and Triangular Cooperation (SSTC) will allow the United States and Indonesia to scale up joint development assistance and establish a framework for capacity building and collaboration in areas of mutual interest. Through SSTC, the United States and Indonesia are sharing experiences, knowledge and technologies to address global challenges together.

Two triangular cooperation programs were implemented in 2013: 1) an International Training workshop on Disaster Risk Management which was held from June 24-30, attended by 17 participants from 14 countries and: 2) the International Workshop on Democracy: Sharing Experiences between Indonesia and the Arab Countries, that was held from September 13-20 and attended by 18 participants from 5 countries. A triangular cooperation program on the mapping and assessment of gender-based violence issues in Papua New Guinea is also underway.

The United States values Indonesia’s growing leadership on global challenges and is excited to work jointly on issues with developing countries in which we have a common interest, such as the strengthening of democratic institutions, increased regional integration, respect for human rights, increased transparency, and peace and stability. Working together in these areas of mutual interest reflects the strength of our growing partnership and collaboration through the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.