15 January 2021
On 14th Jan 2022, His Excellency Ambassador Mahash Alhameli of United Arab Emirates to South Africa met with His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi of Indonesia to South Africa.
His Excellency Ambassador Salman Al Farisi of Indonesia to South Africa will end his tour of duty soon and will leave Pretoria to assume his position as Secretary General of IORA.
During their meeting Ambassador Mahash Alhameli and Ambassador Salman Al Farisi discussed the growing UAE – Indonesia relations that date back to 1976.
2021 saw the advancement in relations between the two nations with the launch of major joint projects that included the building of the world’s largest floating solar photovoltaic power plant in Indonesia that is part of the next generation technology to solve pressing global energy and sustainability issues.
The two nations also saw the signing of major agreements across different sectors to the value of $10 billion. These sectors include; energy, aviation, financial services, artificial intelligence, agriculture and defence.
DP world also signed a $7.5 billion agreement with Indonesia to develop it’s seaports for a period of over 30 years.
The two leaders also discussed joint initiatives between the two embassies for the support of South Africa’s social and economic development.
His Excellency Salman Al Farisi has recently been appointed as the Secretary General of the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) that has recently been chaired by the United Arab Emirates.
The United Arab Emirates continues to be a part of the leadership of IORA as part of the Troika. His Excellency Mahash Alhameli gave the reassurance of the support of the Embassy of the UAE and the leadership of the UAE to IORA and His Excellency Salman Al Farisi is his new position as the the Secretary General of the Organisation.