Jokowi presents work program to Chinese businessmen

Jokowi presents work program to Chinese businessmen

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) with First Lady Iriana Widodo. (ANTARA)

These are the opportunities open to Chinese investors and the Indonesian Government is ready to help ..."
Beijing (ANTARA News) - President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) presented his work program for the next five years before hundreds of Chinese businessmen at an Indonesia-China Cooperation Forum here on Friday.

"This is our plan for the next five years. This year, our economy is expected to grow 5.7 percent, and it will further increase to reach above 7.0 percent in 2017," he said at the Great Hall of the People.

President Jokowi also explained that investment realization in Indonesia has been increasing and with closer cooperation with China, it is expected to multiply.

On the occasion, Jokowi explained various infrastructure development projects that have a great potential for cooperation, including industrial zone, special economic zone, toll road, sea port, sea toll road, airport, railway, and power plant development projects.

"These are the opportunities open to Chinese investors and the Indonesian Government is ready to help, especially with permits, those interested to invest in our projects," he added.

The Indonesian Government, he pointed out, plans to develop 15 industrial zones by 2019, including 13 natural resources processing industries that will come up outside Java.

He cited as an example the Sei Mangkei special economic zone in North Sumatra, which is currently being developed into a center of palm oil, rubber, and fertilizer industries, logistics, and tourism area.

The Bitung special economic zone in North Sulawesi, meanwhile, is being developed as fisheries, coconut, and herbal medicines industries and logistics center, he explained.

In Papua, Jokowi noted, the government will push for the development of four special economic zones and supporting infrastructures with specific focuses.

The Merauke special economic zone is to be developed for the agricultural sector, which will be integrated with a processing industry; the Sorong economic zone for the maritime sector integrated with a processing industry; the Teluk Bintuni zone for the petrochemical sector and derivatives industries; and the Raja Ampat zone for the tourism industry, he elaborated.

"In response to frequent complaints from investors, we set up a national one-stop service facility in Jakarta in January to speed up licensing processes for would-be investors. We hope licensing services will now become faster," he remarked.

The Indonesian head of state, accompanied by First Lady Iriana and several cabinet members, arrived in Beijing on Wednesday evening, after concluding his Japan tour that commenced on March 22.

During his two-day state visit to Beijing, the President met with Chinas President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang and attended a business forum.

Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi, Trade Minister Rahmat Gobel, State Enterprises Minister Rini Soewandi, Cabinet Secretary Andi Wijayanto, Commander of the Defense Forces General Moeldoko, and Chief of the Investment Coordinating Board Franky Sibarani are accompanying the President on his China tour.

After the two-day state visit, the President will depart for Hainan to attend the annual Boao Forum, which will be attended by 13 heads of states.

(Reporting by Hanni Sofia Soepardi/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/A014)

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