Singapore, 15 November 2018: President Joko Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the sidelines of a series of ASEAN SummitS at Suntec Convention Centre, Singapore (15/11). In the meeting that lasted for approximately 30 minutes, the President focused on the discussion on economic cooperation with Japan.
Indonesia and Japan are known to have cooperated among others in the sector of infrastructure that is going on to this day. Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit is one of the cooperative projects between the two countries.
“MRT Phase 1 will be finished in March 2019. The groundbreaking of MRT Phase 2 will also be done close to that time," said the President.
Furthermore, President Jokowi expressed his concern regarding the Japanese policy on palm oil, in relation with certification. The President said that Indonesia has applied ISPO certification and expected that this certification could be accepted or strengthened.
President Joko Widodo also expressed hopes that Japan could give flexibility in negotiating a comprehensive review of Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement (IJEPA) as well as Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement ( RCEP) so that the negotiation could be immediately resolved.
In the future, Indonesia sees a number of potential cooperation that can be made with the Japanese government, among others the investment and development of electric cars and lithium battery, the development of tourism industry in the area of “10 New Bali", as well as maritime cooperation.
“I would like to invite Your Excellency to jointly encourage these matters by utilizing the momentum and spirit of 60 years celebration of our bilateral relations," he said. (Source: Press Bureau of Presidential Secretariat)