Jokowi Meets Singapore Deputy PM to Discuss Annual Meeting

July 23, 2018

AY JORDAN - 19/201/2018, 20:33 WIB

Jakarta - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) meets Singapore Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean. What are discussed?

The meeting took place closed at the Merdeka Palace, Central Jakarta, Thursday (07/19/2018). Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said the meeting discussed an 'annual retreat' between President Jokowi and Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, which is planned to be held on October 11, 2018 in Bali.

"So, some of the things discussed are, of course, if every year because we annually hold an annual retreat, we see the development to the extent. For example, regarding the bilateral investment agreement, until now the negotiation is. Then we discussed that we have 4 times negotiating. Indonesia's investment agreement with Singapore itself has been four stages of negotiation, "said Retno at the Presidential Palace complex, Jakarta, Monday (07/19/2018).

Retno hopes that the negotiations will end in July 2018. Hopefully when Jokowi and PM Lee meet in October 2018, the two countries already have a strong cooperation framework.

"Negotiations are expected to last at the end of this month. Hopefully, if the negotiations run smoothly, the annual retreat meeting will be completed later," he said.

In addition, the meeting also discussed a number of major projects which are the cooperation of the two countries. Like Kendal Industrial Park.

"Where is the progress? It turns out that there is one very important progress, namely the establishment of the wood industry polytechnic in the complex. Earlier we also exchanged data, how many companies have been operating in Kendal Industrial Park," he said.

Cooperation in the field of tourism is also discussed, especially about cruise ships. Retno said the training related to the cruise ship had been carried out.

"And we also talk about Singapore investment in Indonesia, especially in the field of tourism," he said.