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In some quarters there are still concerns about the reality of Burma's reforms. Therefore, following a recent JCBC Joint Commission on Bilateral Cooperation between Burma and Indonesia, Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa recently selected his words with caution. Maybe that's what the JCBC was about.
In Burma there is no such thing as democratic rule, but the deeper it deals with a democratic champion like Indonesia, the more likely it is that its leader will hold on to the changes. This is probably the reason why the democratic symbol, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, chose to take part in the democratic processes even before the changes are final.
As Burma gets more international recognition for its legitimising involvement, Burma becomes more encouraged to act respectfully. There is one point that I am struck by the achievements of the JCBC quoted in media reports: the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the tourist sector. We are talking about tourist companies.
Burma continues the conversation in this case. Suu Kyi released a declaration a few day ago that sustainable Burma's tourist industry should be supported as long as it promotes the well-being of the ordinary population, protects the natural world and provides insight into the country's socio-cultural and policy-making. One might think Garuda Indonesia would pay back immediately, considering Indonesia's obligation to work with Burma in this area.
Expert reports say the airline does not intend to open a straight to Rangoon. Garuda Indonesia is not to blame from a strictly commercial point of view. No. Whilst Burma's tourist industry accounts for 12 per cent of Burma's total nationwide revenue, it is not much: only about 217,000 visitors, mainly from neighbouring Thailand, came to Burma in-2011.
On 28 December 1949, with the delegation of authority from the Netherlands to Indonesia, RI 001 went to Yogyakarta to bring the Founder of the Republic. The Garuda Indonesia was founded on 31 March 1950, but its formal inaugural date is 26 January 1949, the date on which RI 001 first sailed.
Shortly after Garuda Indonesia was founded, one of the Dakotas, RI 007, was presented to the Myanmar authorities as a sign of appreciation for their part in the fight for Indonesia's independenc... So, a trip from Garuda Indonesia to Rangoon is something to consider. Think of the effects of a Garuda memorial mission taking off from Jakarta and arriving at a formal reception in Rangoon by Myanmar officials, among them Suu Kyi.
In the first few epochs of Indonesia's democratization and when the economy recovered from sluggish expansion, this was the sales argument: "An investment in Indonesia is an investment in democracy." This also applies to Burma today. But in Burma it is 99% risk when the investor plays Russia's gambling game, where the bank system is doubtful, the value of Kyat s is extremely shady, real estate assets are overblown in a land that has been stealing domestic and domestic real estate and that virtually has no cash in its coffers and where legislation lies in the mouth of the governing party.
It is in a land where there is no internal value for democracies, where the value of the dollars they invest is! Thank you for the chapter of aeronautical engineering between Indonesia and Burma.