President Jokowi Talks Maritime, Palm Oil Development with Solomon Islands PM

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 17 November 2018
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President Jokowi meets with PM Rick Houenipwela at the Hilton Hotel, Port Moresby, Saturday (17/11). (Photo by: BPMI Presidential Secretariat)

President Jokowi meets with PM Rick Houenipwela at the Hilton Hotel, Port Moresby, Saturday (17/11). (Photo by: BPMI Presidential Secretariat)

On the sidelines of the APEC Summit in Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea, (Saturday (17/11), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo held the first ever bilateral meeting with Solomon Islands Prime Minister Rick Houenipwela and called for closer relations between the two countries.

The President also pushed for cooperation in several sectors, including measures to boost Indonesia’s investment in the Pacific Island nation. “I hope Indonesia will have the opportunity to contribute to the development of the Solomon Islands’ economy,” the President said.

In economic field, the development of palm oil products is one of the focuses of the talk and Solomon Islands is said to have interested in developing the products. “Indonesia has a high added value in the palm oil industry. I want to encourage Indonesian companies to develop oil palm in the Solomon Islands,” the President said.

The Indonesian President also expressed hope to work together in the fishing industry in the Solomon Islands and become an important sector in the economic cooperation of the Solomon Islands. As for tourism sector, Indonesia is poised to help the Solomon Islands to develop eco-tourism after several regions in Indonesia have developed environment-based tourism.

Indonesia, the President added, is also ready to embark on cooperation in maritime sector with Solomon Islands. “Indonesia is also poised for cooperation in the field of maritime affairs, especially in coastal development and disaster management,” he said.

The President also expressed his appreciation for Solomon Islands’ firm position to respect Indonesia’s sovereignty. “I appreciate the Solomon Islands’ support for Indonesia’s territorial integrity. I appreciate Your Majesty’s view of developments in Papua,” the President said.

On the occasion, President Jokowi also mentioned about the development that had been carried out in Papua and West Papua in the last four years, such as construction of 4,174 km of roads, 7 airports and 15 ports, improvement of public health and education services, community economic empowerment and one-price fuel policy.

“With this development, I am sure that the welfare of the Papuan people will be better,” the President said.

For the record, Indonesia and the Solomon Islands have some things in common. Both are archipelagic countries, Pacific nations, have Melanesian ethnicities, and facing the same challenges, including climate change. (Bureau of Press, Media, &Information of Presidential Secretariat/EN)

Translated by: Muhardi

Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas

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