House Member Urges the 144th IPU Assembly to Include the Issue of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
Member of the House Commission I, Dave Akbarshah Fikarno. Photo: Jaka/nvl
Member of House Commission I, Dave Akbarshah Fikarno, supports to use the 144th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) as a momentum to push Russia to end its invasion in Ukraine through diplomatic channels. Fikarno reiterated that Indonesia had asserted itself to reject all forms of colonialism in the world and that peace is the inalienable right of all nations – as stated in the preamble of the 1945 Constitution.
“We continue to push for peace efforts in Ukraine through all forums, be it at the UN, IPU or other multilateral and bilateral forums to urge Russia to end the aggression and re-establish peace in the world,” said Fikarno in an interview with Parliamentaria, Wednesday (2/3/2022).
Indonesia will host the 144th IPU General Assembly at Nusa Dua, Bali, from 20 to 24 March 2022. The forum will be attended by 1.000 to 1.500 participants from 179 countries or parliamentary leaders and member delegates. As of 2 March 2022, participants from 87 countries have confirmed attending this event.
Dave also explained the need for peace efforts through diplomatic channels to ensure stability, especially in the economy and global commerce. Russia’s invasion may not have adverse impact now but it will affect Indonesia’s economy in the near future as Indonesia has bilateral trade with the two countries. Indonesia is dependent on wheat from Ukraine and, at the same time, it also has also military relation with Russia in arms industry.
“This impact must immediately be addressed. The government must also prepare a contingency plan should the supplying countries in dispute stop their exports and must seek for other alternatives in regard to supplying countries.” The politician from Golkar party said.
If the supply decreases, while demand from several countries, including Indonesia increases, international prices will rise. “So we have to think about Indonesia’s macro and micro economy; while considering from the beginning to avoid uncontrollable inflation,” said the legislator for the West Java VIII electoral district.
According to data from the Ministry of Trade of the Republic of Indonesia, Indonesia’s trade with Russia reached US$ 2.75 billion in 2021. The figure grew 42.45 percent compared to 2020 which scored US$ 1.93 billion, and became the highest achievement in recent years. The value of Indonesia’s export to Russia also grew 53.42 percent or equal US$ 1.49 billion throughout 2021 compared to the previous year, all of which are non-oil and gas commodities.
Meanwhile, Indonesia’s imports from the Red Bear country grew 30.89 percent to US$ 1.25 billion throughout 2021 from the previous year. In detail, oil and gas imports amounted to US$ 44.87 million and non-oil and gas imports reached US$ 1.21 billion. Thus, Indonesia’s trade balance with Russia recorded a surplus of US$ 239.79 in 2021. This achievement is better than in 2020, where Indonesia experienced a deficit of US$ 340.38 million.(rdn/sf/mar)