Indonesia, Japan Have Agreed to Further Strengthening Cooperation in Various Fields
Date 15 Januari 2017
Bilateral meeting between Indonesian delegates led by President Joko Jokowi Widodo and Japanese delegates led by Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was successfully conducted in a warm, open, and productive environment.
In the meeting, Indonesia and Japan have agreed to further strengthening cooperation in political, maritime, and socio-cultural fields. The enhancement will indeed always be based on mutual benefits principle, President Jokowi told the reporters in a joint press statement with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe after a bilateral meeting.
According to the President, Japan investment in Indonesia from January to September 2016 has reached US$4.498 billion or doubled than the last investment in 2015.
President Jokowi then explained four points discussed in the meeting. First is both parties will conduct the agreement on Two Plus Two (2+2) context between Foreign Affairs Minister and Defence Minister of both countries this year in Indonesia.
Second, Indonesia called on Japan to open access for Indonesias agriculture and fisheries products, to finish the review of Double Tax Avoidance Agreement, improve access and capacity for Indonesian nurses to meet Japans market, to start general review of Indonesia-Japan Economic Partnership Agreement this year.
Third, according to the President, Indonesia also asked Japan to consider a plan to increase air connectivity by opening Garuda Indonesia flight service to Los Angeles (USA) via Tokyo (Japan).
Fourth, Indonesia and Japan also agreed to enhance cooperation on the economy including a plan to develop Patimban Seaport in Subang, West Java, and Masela Block, to conduct initial discussion on the construction of Jakarta-Surabaya high-speed train, and to discuss cooperation on integrated marine and fisheries centers development in frontier islands of Indonesia.
On that occasion, President Jokowi added that next year Indonesia and Japan will celebrate the 60th Anniversary of Bilateral Diplomatic Relations with the theme of modern technology.
Moreover, Indonesia wants to encourage Japan to enhance its maritime cooperation with Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) member countries for the periode of 2015-2017, President Jokowi said.
Also accompanying President Jokowi during the event were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi. (DND/ES) (RAS/MMB/YM/Naster)