President Jokowi Meets With UAE Entrepreneurs
In a series of working visits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Friday (07/01) met with a number of investors and entrepreneurs at Emirates Palace Hotel, Abu Dhabi, UAE.
“Alhamdulillah, thank God, during the meeting between President Jokowi and several investment companies from Abu Dhabi, they were very optimistic about working together on several projects,” Minister of State-owned Enterprises Erick Thohir said.
The Minister said that there are at least four points discussed during the meeting. First, air logistics. Erick stated that in the current era that is full of uncertaity in terms of logistics and supply chains, Indonesia and the UAE can become mutually beneficial partners.
“Indonesia and the UAE can become mutually beneficial partners where Indonesia acts as the center of supply chains because Indonesia is rich in natural resources such as energy, food, and others. At the same time, the UAE can be a window for Indonesia to make transactions of our goods abroad. This is also part of our efforts in opening up huge job opportunities in Indonesia and how we can maximize economic cooperation,” he said.
Second, on New Capital City of Nusantara (IKN), the Minister explained that Indonesia, with its rapid economic growth and population, indeed needs a new capital. Erick observed that the Government needs to prepare the city of the future for the population whose current majority is young.
“It’s impossible for 50 million young Indonesians to move to old cities. We need to prepare city of the future using renewable technology,” the Minister said.
Third, on blue economy. According to Erick, President Jokowi wants the development of the blue economy to help protect Indonesia’s nature.
“We have Raja Ampat and the protected Komodo dragon. Currently, we are trying to establish a comprehensive blue map, a nature-friendly marine tourism, and a cruise industry or a family-friendly tourism. So, it is not just an entertainment or tourism,” he added.
Finally, the meeting also discussed Indonesia’s financial policies compared to other countries. According to the Minister, this effort is carried out to enable Indonesia to be more competitive and continue to attract investment. (BPMI of Presidential Secretariat/AIT) (FI/LW)