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30
April

The Ministry of Trade (Kemendag) has affirmed that Indonesia is committed to encouraging Bangladesh to become a developing country in South Asian region through cooperation between the two countries in the fields of economy, investment, and trade. Director General of National Export Development of the Ministry of Trade, Arlinda, stated that the Indonesian government is ready to cooperate in strategic sectors with Bangladesh through the airport and infrastructure development management.

"President Joko Widodo hopes that the cooperation will boost Bangladesh into a developing country and, together with Indonesia, will improve the welfare of the peoples of both countries through economic, investment, and trade cooperation that benefit both countries," Arlinda stated in a written statement received in Jakarta on Saturday.

The statement was delivered during the business forum activities at Le Meridien Hotel, Dhaka, Bangladesh. The business forum is part of a series of trade missions to Bangladesh, which is a follow-up of Widodo`s visit in January 2018.

For the Bangladesh trade mission, the Ministry of Trade brought 93 business actors from 43 companies in various production sectors or industries, such as oil and gas, CPO, fashion, food and beverage, automotive, property, airport services, furniture, construction, and infrastructure services.

These Indonesian businessmen established trade communications with 122 Bangladeshi buyers, consisting of 103 importing companies and 19 members of Bangladeshi chamber of commerce. The Ministry of Trade organized a trade mission to Bangladesh from April 26 to 28, 2018, as part of an effort to open export markets to non-traditional countries.

These series of trade mission activities consists of business forum, business matching, and support of the implementation of Indonesia Fair 2018 held by Embassy of Dhaka. The business forum in Dhaka serves as a meeting place for Indonesian and Bangladeshi businessmen to get to know each other and establish business relationships.

After the business forum, entrepreneurs from both countries meet in a business matching session to carry out business and investment transactions. The Indonesian delegation also visited the palm oil importer, Meghna Group of Industries (MGI). To strengthen trade cooperation, Arlinda also invited Bangladesh entrepreneurs to participate in Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) from Oct 24 to 28, 2018, at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) BSD, Tangerang.

It also invites Bangladeshi businessmen to travel to various exotic tourist destinations in Indonesia, such as Kuta Beach in Bali, Raja Ampat in Papua, and Mandalika in West Nusa Tenggara. (antara) 

30
April

Entering 25 years of cooperation between Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), a number of important achievements achieved by the three countries. Starting from the growth of IMT-GT in 2016 which reached 4.4 percent to GDP per capita population in the IMT-GT region that recorded the value of USD14.557 in 2016 from the previous USD11.508 in 2011.

This was conveyed by President Joko Widodo while attending the 11th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Meeting at Banyan Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Even from the side of air connectivity, the number of international airports in the IMT-GT area increased by three times from 9 airports in 1995 to 28 international airports today.

Nevertheless, the President reminded that there are still many tough challenges faced in this region.

"The region and the world today are still haunted by the uncertainty resulting from competition between the big powers and the already existing trade war," said President Jokowi.

Therefore, President Jokowi invites the founding member of ASEAN to make IMT-GT cooperation as building block that gives real contribution to the strengthening of ASEAN.

30
April

Entering 25 years of cooperation between Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT), a number of important achievements achieved by the three countries. Starting from the growth of IMT-GT in 2016 which reached 4.4 percent to GDP per capita population in the IMT-GT region that recorded the value of USD14.557 in 2016 from the previous USD11.508 in 2011.

This was conveyed by President Joko Widodo while attending the 11th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Meeting at Banyan Room, Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.

Even from the side of air connectivity, the number of international airports in the IMT-GT area increased by three times from 9 airports in 1995 to 28 international airports today.

Nevertheless, the President reminded that there are still many tough challenges faced in this region.

"The region and the world today are still haunted by the uncertainty resulting from competition between the big powers and the already existing trade war," said President Jokowi.

Therefore, President Jokowi invites the founding member of ASEAN to make IMT-GT cooperation as building block that gives real contribution to the strengthening of ASEAN.

"We must be equally sure that this cooperation brings concrete and inclusive benefits for our people as well for the people of ASEAN," said President Jokowi.

In order to realize this and promote inclusive growth in the IMT-GT region, President Jokowi proposed a number of steps that must be done immediately. In particular, infrastructure development especially Physical Connectivity Projects (PCP) is believed to facilitate the flow of goods, services, and passengers.

In addition, a number of cooperation in various priority areas should also be continuously improved. Starting from agro-industry, tourism, to the development of digital economy.

President Jokowi also encourages the improvement of skilled, competitive, and able to contribute positively through the Center for IMT-GT Subregional Cooperation (CIMT).

"As a joint secretariat, CIMT should contribute more to the smoothness of cooperation between countries as well as with other international organizations," said President Jokowi.

Accompanying President Jokowi in the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Darmin Nasution, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, Moeldoko Presidential Chief of Staff, and Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Singapore I Gede Ngurah Swajaya.

29
April

The development of the Indo-Pacific framework should be based on open, inclusive, transparent principles and promoting cooperation and friendship. The concept of Indo-Pacific cooperation should continue to put forward the centrality of ASEAN. This was conveyed by President Joko Widodo in his speech at the 32nd ASEAN Summit held at The Acacia Room, Shang-La Hotel, Singapore, on Saturday, April 28, 2018.

"ASEAN must continue to play its role including in developing the concept of Indo-Pacific cooperation. The ASEAN Indo-Pacific Concept is crucial for ASEAN to remain relevant, still able to play its centrality and demonstrate ASEAN's ability to manage strategic environmental change, "said the President.

The President said the magnitude of the challenge in the Indo-pacific region. If not well managed, the President said, the situation could disrupt and even undermine the achievements of ASEAN so far.

"For that aside in the Pacific Ocean, ASEAN should be able to contribute in the Indian Ocean. This contribution can only be realized if we keep firmly to the unity and centrality of ASEAN, "he continued.

 The proposed concept of Indo Pacific has been submitted by Indonesia at the meeting of the ASEAN Foreign Minister's Retreat, January 2018. Indonesia has also communicated with several dialogue partners on Indo-Pacific cooperation.

Three Indonesian Proposals

To realize the cooperation of Indo-Pacific President Jokowi proposed three efforts of ASEAN in the future. First, ASEAN should be able to become a motor for the creation of enabling environment.

"We must continue to encourage all partners to respect the international law and norms of developing habit of dialogue, putting forward peaceful dispute resolution avoiding the use of force," he said.

Secondly, ASEAN should be able to utilize various modalities to overcome security challenges, including transnational crimes. Some forms of threats that need attention include radicalism and drug trafficking, TPPO and piracy.

Thirdly, ASEAN must be pro-active in creating a new center of economic growth, particularly in the Indian Ocean. Therefore, the President continues, ASEAN should continue to maintain an open and fair economic system.

"Some areas of cooperation that can be put forward include, in the maritime field, connectivity, and achievement of SDGs. Therefore, business interactions in the Indian Ocean and Pacific region need to be improved, "said the Head of State.

Also present was accompanying President in this event Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi and Director General of ASEAN Cooperation Jose Antonio Morato Tavares. ( rel )