Visits President Jokowi, Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam Expects the Trade with Indonesia Reach the Target
Deputy Prime Minister (PM) Vietnam Pham Binh Minh, accompanied by the Ambassador of Vietnam to Indonesia Nguyen Xuan Thuy a courtesy call to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi), at the Presidential Palace on Thursday (25/6) morning.
Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno LP Marsudi who accompanied President Jokowi together with Minister of State Secretary Pratikno said that the meeting discussed several things, among them related to the celebration of 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
“Vietnam-Indonesia also has a strategic partnership since 2013,” said Retno told reporters after meeting between Deputy Prime Minister of Vietnam with President Jokowi.
Retno said that economic cooperation between the two countries is also very prominent because of trade between Indonesia and Vietnam in 2013 ago, has reached 5 billion US dollars.
“Actually, the target of 5 billion US dollars is the target for 2015, but has been able achieved by the two countries two years earlier. Therefore, right now both countries have the next target is the achievement of bilateral trade amounted to 10 billion US dollars for 2018,” Retno said.
According to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Indonesia’s investment in Vietnam is quite a lot, and Indonesia is the 27th largest investor in Vietnam.
“Earlier at the meeting of Prime Minister of Vietnam with President Jokowi, Indonesia expressed gratitude for the cooperation given by the Vietnamese government in order to help the Indonesian investors who invest in Vietnam,” Retno said.
Regarding the political cooperation between the two countries, according to the Minister of Foreign Affairs, there is no problem that stands out, and the two countries agreed to boost cooperation people-to-people contact. (DND/RAH/ES)