Jakarta (ANTARA) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) revealed that he is planning to spotlight discussion on issues related to electric vehicles (EVs) and digital transformation during his participation in the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit on March 4-6 in Melbourne.

"Plenty (of topics to be discussed), including cooperation in EV. We will push for the immediate establishment and implementation of such cooperation. In addition, we will draw attention to matters related to digital transformation," he remarked in Jakarta on Monday.

In a pre-flight press conference at the Halim Perdanakusuma Air Base, Jokowi spoke of having planned to meet with Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese to talk about defense cooperation fostered between Indonesia and Australia.

"Yes, that (defense cooperation) will be among the topics we will discuss," he confirmed.

The head of state further said he would invite countries participating in the special summit to invest in Indonesia's future capital city Nusantara, currently being developed in East Kalimantan Province.

"In every meeting with prime ministers, presidents, and other leaders, I have always extended invitations to invest in Nusantara," he underlined.

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During the press conference, the president noted that the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit would be held to commemorate the 50th anniversary of partnership between the two parties, adding that the event will convene measures for actualizing a peaceful, stable, and prosperous Indo-Pacific region.

Jokowi also spoke about his planned bilateral meetings with Prime Minister of New Zealand Christopher Luxon and Prime Minister of Cambodia Hun Manet during his working visit to Australia.

"According to the schedule, I and the entourage will arrive in Jakarta on Wednesday, March 6," he remarked.

Vice President Ma'ruf Amin, State Secretary Minister Pratikno, Public Works and Public Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono, and Commander of the Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) General Agus Subiyanto accompanied President Jokowi during the press conference.

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