Jakarta (ANTARA) - Chief of the Presidential Staff (KSP) Moeldoko has encouraged electric vehicle manufacturers from Vietnam and Indonesia to collaborate in developing electric vehicles.

Moeldoko made the statement during his online meeting with Vietnamese Ambassador to Indonesia Ta Van Thong at the Bina Graha Building, Jakarta on Tuesday.

"Indonesia and Vietnam share a very good and strong relationship, as seen by the bilateral trade between the two countries that has reached more than US$10 billion. I hope that this strategic cooperation would continue to be strengthened in other sectors," Moeldoko noted in a press release received here Tuesday.

He invited Vietnam to collaborate with Indonesia to develop an electric vehicle ecosystem for both the domestic market and the Southeast Asian region.

Currently, Vietnam has become one of the countries in Southeast Asia with a rapidly growing electric car industry.

Vietnamese automotive company VinFast plans to build a factory in North Carolina, the United States, to produce electric buses, sports vehicles, and batteries for electric vehicles.

Meanwhile, Indonesia expressed its readiness to enter the era of electric vehicles as stipulated in Presidential Regulation Number 55 of 2019 on the Acceleration of the Battery-Based Electric Motor Vehicle Program for Road Transportation.

Ambassador Ta Van Thong vowed to seek to bridge the gap with Indonesian manufacturers to cooperate with Vietnam in developing electric vehicles.

Indonesia-Vietnam bilateral relations will be strengthened through a state visit by Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to Indonesia. The Vietnamese president's meeting with President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) in Indonesia will be held around September to October 2022.

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Translator: Rangga Pandu A J, Resinta S
Editor: Rahmad Nasution
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