Indonesia’s President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo announced yesterday that his official tour through Europe from April 17 to 23 secured business-to-business agreements worth 20.5 billion US$. During his press conference on Saturday afternoon at Halim Perdanakusuma Airport he also pointed out, that European countries, businessmen and the European Union reposed trust in the Indonesian economy.
Jokowi visited Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands last week, making a number of commitments: Indonesia and Germany agreed on cooperations in education and vocational training schools. According to the president they will support creating skilled manpower in accordance with the needs of the market and global competition. In the United Kingdom, cooperation was reinforced in the field of creative economy and industries. Finally common plans in maritime and water management were agreed upon with the Netherlands. Later in November, the Dutch Minister plans to visit Indonesia with a business delegation.
The Indonesian President’s Europe Tour also started another project: The scoping papers of the EU-Indonesia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement were completed. According to Jokowi, now, only the negotiation stage needs to be proceeded.