While issuing a joint press statement with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga at the Presidential Palace in Bogor, West Java, on Tuesday, President Jokowi said Japan was one of Indonesia's strategic partners in the economy.
“I warmly welcome the relocation and expansion of investment of Japanese companies in Indonesia, including Denso, Sagami, Panasonic, Mitsubishi Chemical, and Toyota,” he added.
The two leaders made a joint press statement shortly after wrapping up a bilateral meeting, which was part of the agenda for Prime Minister Suga and First Lady Mariko Suga's visit to Indonesia.
At the meeting, President Jokowi said, he had appealed to Japan to help resolve barriers to import licensing of Indonesia's agricultural, forestry, and fisheries products.
"I also encourage Japan to participate in Indonesia's Sovereign Wealth Fund," he added.
The two leaders also discussed matters related to Indonesia-Japan's partnership to strengthen multilateral cooperation.
In this regard, President Jokowi highlighted the importance of preserving the spirit of inclusive cooperation in the midst of sharpening rivalries between global powers.
He argued that inclusive cooperation needs to be boosted in the Indo-Pacific Cooperation, in keeping with the ‘ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific’ initiative.
Speaking about the Japanese leader's visit earlier, President Jokowi had said it symbolized a strong commitment to boosting Indonesia and Japan's bilateral cooperation and implementing their strategic partnership.
Prime Minister Suga's visit to Indonesia in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic is the first visit by a world leader to the country.
After his election by Japan's parliament following Shinzo Abe's surprise resignation on September 16, 2020, Suga's first overseas visit has been to Viet Nam and Indonesia.
Before arriving in Indonesia, Prime Minister Suga visited Hanoi, the capital city of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, on October 18, 2020.
According to the Japanese prime minister's official website, he attended a welcoming ceremony on October 19, 2020 (local time), and followed it up with a meeting with Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
Afterwards, the leaders held an exchange of documents ceremony and a joint press announcement in relation to grant assistance. During his visit, Prime Minister Suga also met with Nguyen Phu Trong, general secretary of the Communist Party of Viet Nam.
He also enjoyed a stroll with Prime Minister Phuc at the late President Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House. In the afternoon, he gave a policy speech at the Vietnam-Japan University and engaged in a frank and candid discussion with students.
Suga offered flowers at the Martyrs' Monument and the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum before meeting with several top figures, including Mdm. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, chairwoman of the National Assembly of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam.
Later, the Japanese premier held a press conference on the Japan-Viet Nam summit and other events.
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