http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/home...a-visit-heralds-new-era-of-cooperation/418643 Jakarta. President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will arrive in India today for a three-day visit seeking to shore up already strong bilateral ties with the country. He is expected to witness the signing of at least 30 agreements during his second state visit to India as president. â€œIt is very rare for the same president to have two state visits, and I think it is a symbol of how important India and Indonesia are for each other,â€ said Biren Nanda, the Indian ambassador to Indonesia. He added that the visit is â€œthe most important visit of our calendar yearâ€ and is expected to create a framework for bilateral cooperation that will carry the two countriesâ€™ relationship to a new level. Fifteen major economic, trade and investment deals are scheduled to be signed by the two parties on Tuesday. The countries are also expected to sign agreements to cooperate in fields ranging from politics to education, science, technology, culture, media and other people-to-people partnerships. India regards Indonesia as the most influential member of the Association of the Southeast Asian Nations, and with Indonesiaâ€™s increasingly important role in global affairs, such as the G20 and other multilateral forums, India views Indonesia as a key country in its â€œLook Eastâ€ policy. â€œThat is why we want to have a very close and strategic relationship with Indonesia,â€ Nanda said. One element of the people-to-people cooperation is a two-year Memorandum of Understanding between the Indonesian and Indian press councils. The MoU will be signed by Indonesian Press Council chairman Bagir Manan and his Indian counterpart Ganendra Narayan Ray in the presence of Yudhoyono and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Press Council member Bekti Nugroho said the MoU includes an agreement to establish a journalism exchange program and to organize a conference for journalists covering conflict and terrorism. Nanda said both India and Indonesia are developing countries that are tyring to raise the standard of living of their people within a democratic framework. â€œA very important part of democracy in both countries is the role of the press. As a watchdog, it keeps an eye on what is happening,â€ he said. Indonesia and India agreed to establish a strategic partnership during Yudhoyonoâ€™s first state visit to India in 2005. In 2007, the countries held the Third Indonesia-India Joint Commission meeting, chaired by the foreign ministers of both countries, in which they drew up an action plan to implement the partnership. â€œDuring the last five years, we have implemented many of the agreements and created many focal points for dialogue between ministries and departments,â€ Nanda said. â€œWe have been quite successful in making our relationship closer and more productive,â€ he added, citing an example in space cooperation in which an Indonesian microsatellite, the Lapan-Tubsat, which is currently used for environmental monitoring, was launched in 2007 from Indiaâ€™s Sriharikota space center. Soewarto Hardhienata, the deputy chief of aerospace technology at the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (Lapan), said an Indian rocket will also assist Indonesia in putting two additional microsatellites into orbit, the Lapan-A2 and the Lapan-Orari. The satellites will be used for communications and remote-sensing applications. While in India, Yudhoyono is also scheduled to attend Indiaâ€™s Republic Day celebrations on Wednesday as the countryâ€™s chief guest.