Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand, on Monday (Nov 4, 2019)
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has vowed to fully support the priority programs of President Joko: Widodo (Jokowi) during his second term of office.
Abe was responding to the Indonesian government's development programs unveiled during a bilateral meeting with President Jokowi on the sidelines of the 35th ASEAN Summit at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center in Bangkok on Monday.
At the meeting, President Jokowi unveiled the priority programs of his government in the next five years, including the development of quality human resources, the continuation of infrastructure development, and the simplification of government regulations and bureaucracy reform, Chief of the Press, Media and Information Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat Erlin Suastini said in a press statement.
"At this meeting, I would like to focus on two issues, namely cooperation in the development of infrastructures and the development of quality human resources," Jokowi said.
Prime Minister Abe warmly welcomed the priority programs.
"Of course, Japan wants to cooperate in the fields which are the main priority, particularly infrastructure and human resource development ," he said.
President Jokowi said the two countries have been engaged in many areas of cooperation in the infrastructure sector, including the construction of Jakarta Mass Rapid Transit (MRT) system, Jakarta-Surabaya semi-high-speed train and Patimban Port in West Java.
"Looking ahead, I also want to encourage the use of more local contents and the transfer of technology in our infrastructure development," he said.
The development of infrastructure has been able to connect economic centers to one another in the outskirt areas of the country, he said.
To realize the cooperation in human resource development, Jokowi invited Japan to enhance its cooperation with Indonesia in the fields of vocation and internship. (ANTARA)