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On his second day in Hanoi, President Joko Widodo met with Sri Lankan Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe at the Melia Hotel, Hanoi, Wednesday, September 12, 2018.

During the meeting, the President followed up on what had been agreed during his visit to Colombo in January, mainly in the field of trade. One of them is a joint effort between Indonesia and Sri Lanka to export ready-made garments to the European Union.

"Efforts joint submission to the European Commission regarding the transmission of the apparel will open up access to the EU market. We must continue our intensive approach so that the proposal can be accepted by the European Union," the President said Jokowi.

In addition, the President also hopes that the formation of working groups between the two countries in the field of trade and investment can immediately identify potential and overcome obstacles in trade and investment.

"We must encourage that the initial meeting of the working group can be carried out as soon as possible," said the President.

To PM Ranil, the President also encouraged that a joint feasibility study related to efforts to establish a free trade agreement (FTA) between Indonesia and Sri Lanka could begin immediately. During the meeting, President Jokowi also emphasized Indonesia's commitment to support development in Sri Lanka. In the field of connectivity, for example, the President noted Sri Lanka's interest in buying 60 train cars from PT INKA.

"Indonesia also offers a form of" complete package "cooperation, including the purchase of train facilities and infrastructure such as rails, stations, depots and signaling systems," said the President.

Besides the train, the President also said that Indonesia, through PT WIKA was also interested in participating in the steel bridge construction project in Sri Lanka. 

During the meeting, President Jokowi also thanked Sri Lanka's support for Indonesia as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council. The President also appreciated the participation of Sri Lanka in the 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia.

President at the meeting, accompanied by Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto, and Minister of Communication and Information Rudiantara. (biro pers)


Located in Văn Phòng Chủ Tịch Nước or Vietnam Presidential Palace, President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo received warm welcome from the Vietnamese President Trần Đại Quang along with the First Lady of Vietnam Nguyen Thi Hien.

Arriving at the location at 4:30 p.m., the President and Mrs. Iriana were welcomed by children who raised the flags of the two countries, similar to what was done in Jakarta.

The series of state ceremonies continued with the examination of honorary ranks after the national anthem had been announced by the two countries. President Jokowi and President Trần Đại Quang then introduced their delegates to each other. Afterwards, President Joko Widodo and the First Lady were treated to a military parade before proceeding to the tête-à-tête meeting and bilateral meetings of the two countries' delegations.

During this visit, President Joko Widodo brought a delegation consisting of Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security Wiranto, Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Industry Minister Airlangga Hartarto, Head of BKPM Thomas Trikasih Lembong, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and Indonesian Ambassador for Vietnam Ibnu Hadi. (biro pers)


President Joko Widodo accompanied by First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo arrived in Seoul, South Korea, Sunday 9 September 2018, at 21.20 local time or 19.20 WIB for a state visit.

The Indonesian Presidential aircraft which brought the Head of State and his entourage arrived at Seongnam Military Base, Seoul, South Korea, after taking a flight for almost 7 hours from Halim Perdanakusuma Jakarta Air Force Base, Jakarta.

Upon arrival at the Seongnam Military Air Base, the President and Mrs. Iriana were greeted directly by the Indonesian Ambassador to South Korea Umar Hadi and South Korea's State Protocol Head at the door of the aircraft.

The two were then invited down from the flight stairs and welcomed by South Korean Maritime and Fisheries Minister Kim Young Choon.

Furthermore, the President and Mrs. Iriana and their entourage immediately left the Seongnam Military Air Base to the hotel where they spent the night while in Seoul, South Korea.

At the hotel, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi welcomed the President and Mrs. Iriana. It also appeared that two Indonesian children dressed in  traditional custom welcomed the arrival of President Jokowi and Ibu Iriana while giving flowers as a welcome greeting. ( biro pers media 


The government has urged fishermen in the country including in Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, to make use of digital economic potential to directly market their fish products to consumers without going through middlemen. Director General of Rural Development (PDT), Samsul Widodo, made the remarks through a press statement received in Jakarta on Sunday.

Widodo was in Sumbawa to give a public lecture at the Samawa University with the theme "Accelerating Development of Disadvantaged Regions through Digital Economic Development.

The results of the 2017 survey showed that some 54.68 percent of the Indonesian population are internet users (as potential of the digital economy). Furthermore, Widodo hopes, Sumbawa can sell the fish catch to export destination because Sumbawa has the potential of large marine fish.

According to Widodo, his side found tuna fish weighing 55kg each in Sumabawa, adding that PT. Aruna Jaya Nuswantara will display the fish at the Health booth at the Maritime Expo at Badas Port relating to the Sail Moyo Tambora 2018. This event had been launched to mark the start of tourism development in Sumbawa Island, one of the largest islands in West Nusa Tenggara. (ant)