Jakarta (ANTARA) - Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has asked the Dutch government to support the development of low-carbon technology in Indonesia and to push for the abolition of the European Union Deforestation Regulation (EUDR).

He conveyed this during a bilateral meeting with Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte on the sidelines of the G20 Summit in New Delhi, India, on Saturday, according to a statement released by the Presidential Secretariat Press Bureau on Sunday.

"I hope that the Netherlands can support the development of low-carbon technology and the conversion of steam power plants to renewable energy as a follow-up to the JETP cooperation, and encourage the abolition of EUDR so it does not discriminate against Indonesia's main commodities," he said.

The Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP) is a cooperation between Indonesia and a group of international partners, led by the United States and Japan, aimed to accelerate energy transition in Indonesia.

Jokowi also asked Rutte to support Indonesia's application to become a member of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

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"Indonesia has submitted an application to become a member of the OECD and has carried out various economic reforms in line with OECD requirements," he conveyed.

Jokowi also welcomed Dutch investment to build a Center of Excellence in Surakarta, Central Java, and plans to hold a high-level conference on new, renewable energy and climate.

In the regional context, he said that the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) had agreed that the Netherlands would become ASEAN's development partner, which is expected to further enhance ASEAN's cooperation with the country.

"Even though the process was not easy, the partnership plan was finally agreed upon," Jokowi noted.

He expressed hope that the partnership will further strengthen ASEAN cooperation with the Netherlands.

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Translator: Yashinta Difa P, Resinta S
Editor: Anton Santoso
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