Indonesia, S Korea agree on citizen protection

18:08, February 02, 2010      

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Indonesia and South Korea have signed an agreement on citizens protection that will allow both Indonesians living in Korea and South Koreans living in Indonesia to file complaints regarding local public service to their host country's ombudsman office, local media reported here Tuesday.

The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed in Jakarta on Monday by chairman of Indonesia's Ombudsman, Antonius Sujata, and his South Korean counterpart, Lee Jae-oh, of the Anti-Corruption and Civil Rights Commission (ACRC), the Jakarta Post said.

Lee said that the agreement aimed at improving the working and investment conditions between the two countries to "boost bilateral investment and trade."

The MoU will facilitate Seoul's ACRC ability to receive complaints from Indonesian citizens while South Koreans in Indonesia can directly file complaints to the ombudsman office.

"Indonesian citizens in South Korea can file their complaints in Indonesian. They don't have to worry about language barriers," said Lee after signing the MoU.

South Korea hosts around 30,000 Indonesian migrant workers while around 32,000 South Koreans live and work in Indonesia, making it the largest foreign community in Indonesia, according to Korean Embassy data.

Antonius said the ombudsman office here would provide a window for South Korean citizens to file complaints using Korean language.

South Korea is the sixth largest investor in Indonesia with some 1,300 companies operating in the country.

Bilateral trade value between the two countries stood at 20 billion U.S. dollars in 2008, which doubled from 10 billion U.S. dollars in 2004 after the signing of a strategic partnership in 2006.

Source: Xinhua
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