Indonesia, Qatar Agree to Boost Cooperation on Infrastructure, Tourism
Date 18 Oktober 2017
President Joko Jokowi on Wednesday at the Bogor Presidential Palace received a state visit from Qatars Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani. According to the President, the visit is of great significance because it marks the 41st anniversary of Indonesia and Qatar relations.
During the visit, Qatars Emir brought with him a large business delegation.The visit of Emir Al Thani is also accompanied with a very large business delegation. His Highness Emir Al Thani and I discussed efforts to strengthen cooperation in infrastructure sector and tourism sector, President Jokowi said in a joint press conference.
President Jokowi added that Indonesia and Qatar have agreed to follow up matters discussed during a bilateral meeting between the two leaders.Indonesia will continue to invite Qatar to make investment in Indonesia. And the ongoing investment cooperation includes Nitrus Power Project at PT Paiton Energy worth US$1.3 billion and with PT Pembangkit Jawa Bali, which is currently building Sumbagut Steam and Gas Power Plant (PLTGU) worth US$ 1 billion, the President added.
Regarding Indonesian citizens in Qatar, President Jokowi said that there are currently 300,000 Indonesian citizens in Qatar who contribute to the development in the country. President Jokowi added that both countries have also agreed to strengthen cooperation and maintain unity of the peoples of the two nations to face existing challenges.
Weve also witnessed the signing of 5 Memorandums of Understanding in the establishment of a joint commission session on air transportation, education sector, sport and youth sector, and health sector, the President concluded.
Joining the President at the event were Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi, Minister of Trade Enggartiasto Lukita, Minister of Health Nila Moeloek, Minister of Transportation Budi Karya Sumadi, and Head of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Thomas Lembong. (SM/GUN/OJI/DID/EN) (EP/YM/Naster)