Indonesia Asks China to Increase Palm Oil, Fruit Imports
Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in a meeting with China State Councilor Wang Yi, the day before the meeting of the 2nd Belt Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF II) April 26-27 2019, on Wednesday (04/24).

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories) – Indonesia hopes that China can immediately realize its commitment to increase palm oil imports from Indonesia. In addition, the government hopes that China can open up its markets to various Indonesian products, including fruit products, such as Indonesian pineapple.

This was revealed by Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in a meeting with China State Councilor Wang Yi, the day before the meeting of the 2nd Belt Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF II) on Wednesday (04/24).

During the meeting, the two ministers discussed efforts to enhance cooperation, both at the bilateral, regional and multilateral levels. Marsudi also encouraged the value of trade between Indonesia and China to be more balanced.

While within the framework of regional cooperation, the two Ministers also discussed the Indo-Pacific cooperation. She conveyed various Indonesian initiatives to encourage cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Cooperation that is open, inclusive, transparent, respects international law and the centrality of Southeast Asian (ASEAN) countries.

Meanwhile, Yi welcomed ASEAN’ role in the region, and the importance of ASEAN’ centrality in developing cooperation in the region and between regions. Regarding the Indonesia-China cooperation at the multilateral level, the two Ministers agreed to increase coordination as fellow members of the UN Security Council, especially during the period of Indonesia’ Chairmanship in the UN Security Council, in May 2019.

On the other hand, Marsudi revealed the candidacy of Indonesia as a Member of the Human Rights Council for the period 2020-2022 and hoped for China’s support.

On a different place, Maritime Coordinating Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said that the Indonesian government did not include funds in projects included in the BRI program, as proposed at the meeting of the two countries in Bali.

According to him, the cooperation carried out is not in the form of inter-governmental cooperation, but cooperation between business to business, in which the two countries will discuss how Chinese companies will be directly focused on the project.

“So the role of the government here is only facilitating,” he said in Beijing.

Pandjaitan explained that the government is currently conducting a feasibility study with Chinese investors for several projects that will be offered at the BRI Summit.

“The government will provide incentives to companies that produce export goods and investments that can reduce our imports, such as creating jobs, others,” he said.

Currently, he pointed out, there are several companies interested in building the electric car industry in Indonesia, such as PT Sokonindo Automobile which will produce electric cars in the form of taxis as the Bluebird taxi.

“Instead of us importing, it is better if they set up factories in Indonesia to join with China, of course they have to do technology transfer,” he said.

The ex-general said there would be 10,000 vocational training held between Germany Indonesia and China. The form of cooperation is training using German technology while funds are from China.

“In other words, we use first-class technology with relatively inexpensive funding,” he said.

Singapore and Germany, he added, are also interested in participating in this collaboration.

Written by Daniel Deha, Email: daniel@theinsiderstories.com

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