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President Jokowi and PM Trudeau Discuss Economic Cooperation and Myanmar

Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) requested support from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau regarding the economic cooperation agreement between the two countries. This was conveyed by the Head of State during a bilateral meeting with PM Trudeau on Saturday (20/05/2023), at the Rihga Royal Hotel, Hiroshima, Japan.

“I ask for Your Excellency’s support regarding the completion of the Indonesia-Canada CEPA agreement, the realisation of Canadian Pension Funds investment that focuses on the development of New Capital City Nusantara, the development of a funding mechanism for feasibility studies for greenfield projects in Indonesia,” the President said.

In addition, the President also hopes to accelerate the realisation of the development of a green airport in North Kalimantan, exploration and enrichment of rare earth metals, and the establishment of a bilateral task force. The President also appreciated the support of G7 countries, including Canada, in helping Indonesia’s energy transition.

“I hope the support of USD 20 billion can be realised immediately but not in the form of debt,” the President said.

Regarding food security, the President encouraged the implementation of an agreement between Indonesian SOEs and the Canadian Commercial Corporation regarding the supply of potash and wheat.

During the meeting, President Jokowi and Prime Minister Trudeau also discussed ASEAN, including the situation in Myanmar.

President Jokowi said that the ASEAN-Canada Summit will be held in September 2023 in Indonesia.

“See you in Jakarta, PM Trudeau,” the President said.

Also accompanying the President during the meeting were Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister for Foreign Affairs Retno Marsudi, Minister of State-owned Enterprises Erick Thohir, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, and Director for East Asia at the Indonesian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Santo Darmosumarto.

Source: kemlu