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President Joko Widodo holds bilateral meetings with world leaders in APEC Summit

AKARTA (Rambu Energy) – The newly elected Indonesian President Joko Widodo on Monday (Nov. 11) held bilateral meetings with the world leaders on the sideline of the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Beijing, China. The main agenda was on strengthening bilateral cooperations in business and investment.

Apart from delivering a speech in front of APEC Chief Executive Officers (CEOs), the President met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Russian President Vladimir Putin, US President Barack Obama and Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang.

President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, spoke about 15 minutes at the APEC CEO Forum. He unveiled his government plans to develop various infrastructure projects to accelerate the development in the country as well as to narrow development gap between the western and eastern part of the country.

He told the CEOs that his government is determined to simplify permit procedures by way of establishing one-stop service for investment permits to lure foreign investment.

In a meeting with the Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, the Japanese PM appreciates the already-solid cooperation with Indonesia.

“Both countries have forged mutual relationship for long time. Japan considers Indonesia as a strategic partner. Since both Indonesia and Japan are maritime countries, both must contribute to the peaceful and justice (in the region),” Prime Minister Abe was quoted by Kompas as saying.

He made the statement in response to the Indonesian President’s drive to rebuild Indonesia’s greatness in maritime sector. President Joko Widodo has unveiled his government’s priority to develop maritime connectivity across the archipelago.

In a meeting with China’s president Xi Jinping and China’s President Li Keqiang, President Joko Widodo also discussed the maritime connectivity issue. The Chinese leaders welcome the plan and offered the Indonesian President to build maritime connectivity with the People’s Republic of China (PRC).

PM Abe reiterated his government’s determination to contribute to the infrastructure as well as human resources developments in Indonesia, which have also become priority issues of the Jokowi government.

In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, President Joko Widodo invited the Russian investors to invest in energy, power, railway, dam, food and manufacturing sectors.

President Joko Widodo was accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno L.P. Marsudi, Trade Minister Rahmat Gobel, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Sofyan Djalil and Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjayanto when meeting with the Russian President, the state news agency Antara reported.

Indonesia and the Russian government have become strategic partners following the signing of partnership agreement on April 21, 2003, which covers economy, trade and investment. Both leaders agreed to build on this basis to forge stronger relations going forward.

Later in the day, President Joko Widodo also held bilateral meeting with Vietnam President Truong Tan Sang. In the meeting, both leaders agreed to strengthen bilateral cooperation, which is mutually beneficial for the people of the two countries.

President Jokowi thanked the Vietnamese President for the presence of the Vietnam representative during his Presidential inaugural ceremony on Oct. 20.

The Vietnamese President said his government considers Indonesia as a “friend” and is committed to carry on the cooperation between the two countries. On the occasion, the Vietnamese President invited the Indonesian President to visit Vietnam. (*)

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