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Minister of Public Works and Public Housing -PUPR, Basuki Hadimuljono attended Business Indonesia Roundtable Meeting in Madrid, Spain on Friday (21/9). The meeting is aimed at enhancing cooperation of Indonesia-Spain either at government-to-government level or business-to-business level, especially in infrastructure. One day before the meeting, Minister Basuki met leader of Duero industrial company to discuss cooperation potential in supporting supply of equipment of road safety. The result of the meeting will be followed up through more detail discussion along with related state-owned enterprises which before having cooperation with Duero in infrastructure of toll road at Balikpapan-Samarinda, East Kalimantan province and other national roads.

Indonesia still becomes the main investment destination country for Singaporean entrepreneurs. Because, it is supported by various backgrounds, such as the increase in the index of ease of doing business with a large market potential, and  a large number of available human resources. After meeting with Singaporean minister of Trade and Industry, on Sunday (23/9), Minister of Industry, Hartarto said that the government also has launched road map of Making Indonesia 4.0 as strategy and clear direction for preparedness to enter industrial revolution era of fourth generation. Therefore, the increase of Indonesia-Singapore’s cooperation is hoped to be able to get benefit each other and to be able to strengthen economy of the two countries. On semester One 2018, Singaporean investment value to Indonesia was recorded worth US$ 5.04 billion or increase 38 percent compared with similar period of the previous year. The government is active to attract Singaporean investors to industrial area of Kendal which is cooperation between Indonesian and Singaporean investors. Indonesian Ambassador to  Singapore, Ngurah Swajaya stated that  collaboration potential of Indonesia – Singapore for the next future will be established in the digital economy. One of the priorities is development of Nongsa Digital Park in Batam as concrete form of agreement of the two heads of the state to make Batam as digital bridge of Singapore to Indonesia.

The government of Indonesia and Suriname revitalized cooperation of the two countries through the 5th Mutual Commission Session of Indonesia-Suriname in Paramaribo on September 17-18, 2018. The session succeeded to revitalize not only historical and cultural attachments between Indonesia and Suriname, but also commitment of the two countries to strengthen and to encourage concrete result, especially in the field of economic and technical working. The governments of the two states are committed to enhancing cooperation in economy; one of them is through opening wider market access for products of the two countries. In addition, both countries explore form of agreement of free trade between Indonesia and Caribbean communities by using Suriname as center event in the Caribbean communities’ region. The two countries also intensify information exchanged in infrastructure and investment.  Meanwhile, in revitalizing historical and cultural attachments between Indonesia and Suriname, the both sides affirmed the need to  follow-up formation of Diaspora Institute which is initiated by Suriname, reminding that there is a major role of Javanese society descent in Suriname.

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