Sun, 13 Jul 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia intends to study Brazil`z success in developing ethyl alcohol as an ethanol-based alternative energy source.

The intention was expressed in a memorandum of understanding (MoU) which was signed by Indonesia`s Agriculture Minister Anton Apriantono and Brazilian Foreign Minister Foreign Minister Celso Amorim at the State Palace here on Saturday.

The MoU was signed in the presence of Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and his visiting Brazilian counterpart Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

In a joint press conference with President Yudhoyono, Luiz Inacio said Brazil had successfully overcome its energy crisis through the use of ethanol energy.

According to Luiz, most motor vehicles in his country were now using ethanol fuel.

He said his country had also built an inter-regional network for the transmission of ethanol-based energy.

"We have reformed our energy sector and now we no longer have an energy problem," said the Brazilian president.

Meanwhile, President Yudhoyono said Indonesia would learn from Brazil on how to overcome the energy crisis.

Yudhoyono said Indonesia would send as many students as possible to Brazil under a special scholarship program to study the development of ethanol alternative energy.

"With pleasure I will send a strong team to attend an international seminar on bioethanol in Brazil in November this year," Yudhoyono said.

He added that Indonesia would also learn from Brazil about its success in improving its food production.

In the Brazilian president`s one-day visit to Indonesia, the two countries also agreed on cooperation in education, defense industry, reciprocal visit among the two countries military top officials, and free diplomatic visa and service passport.

The two state leaders meeting in Jakarta on Saturday was the third after they met at the UN Headquarters in New York in 2007 and at the G-8 summit in Hokkaido, Japan, recently.(*)



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