This attempt requires international support, including from the UK.
Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) commended the realization of several new and renewable energy (NRE) projects during a bilateral meeting with British Prime Minister (PM) Rishi Sunak in Hiroshima, Japan, on Saturday.

Several of the NRE projects were implemented through a partnership between Indonesia’s Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry and British Embassy Jakarta titled "Towards Indonesia’s Low Carbon Energy Transition" (MENTARI).

The partnership has realized the construction of a solar power plant (PLTS) in Sumba, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) Province, as well as hydropower plants in Lombok, NTB Province; Titab, Bali Province; and Batang Hari, West Sumatra Province.

The Indonesian president also praised the grant of some US$11 million (Rp169.12 billion) from the United Kingdom (UK) government for the development of sustainable transportation in several Indonesian cities.

"I hope it (the sustainable transportation development) can also be implemented in other cities, including (Indonesia’s future) capital city, Nusantara (IKN)," he said, as quoted from the statement of the Press Bureau of the Presidential Secretariat.

He also encouraged the UK government to soon realize its commitment to the Just Energy Transition Partnership as well as investment in IKN development, transportation, green energy, and education.

Jokowi also pushed the UK to realize its commitment in developing the electric vehicle (EV) ecosystem in Indonesia, including the battery cell supply and construction of a microfactory for EV.

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Furthermore, he emphasized the need to avoid the implementation of discriminatory policies to bolster Indonesia-UK trade cooperation.

Hence, he expected that the implementation of a due diligence policy for agricultural and forestry products will not discriminate against Indonesia's prominent commodities.

At the bilateral meeting held on the sidelines of the G7 Summit, the Indonesian president also informed the British prime minister about the results of the 42nd ASEAN Summit held in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara (NTT) Province, on May 9-11, 2023.

Jokowi affirmed that the ASEAN leaders fully supported Indonesia's attempts to approach all stakeholders to address the Myanmar conflict.

He also noted that currently, the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Management (AHA Center) is striving to distribute humanitarian assistance to people affected by the conflict in Myanmar.

"This attempt requires international support, including from the UK," he remarked.

Meanwhile, PM Sunak congratulated President Jokowi on Indonesia’s successful leadership during the 2022 G20 presidency.

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