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    Tuesday, November 11, 2014

    Jokowi, Russian President Hold Bilateral Talks

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    Tobapos -- Indonesian President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) met with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit here on Monday evening.

    The two leaders met at Beijing's 'Diaoyutai' (guesthouse) where they held talks on Indonesia-Russia cooperation.

    Since the agreement signed in Moscow on April 21, 2013, Indonesia and the Russian Federation established strategic partnership and cooperation.

    The two countries cooperated in the economic, trade and investment fields since then, including in the fields of heavy equipment and fabrication of satellite-based communication equipment. The agreement also included cooperation in the development of information technology and security systems.

    While Indonesia has set a two-way trade volume target of US$5 billion for 2015, Russian investment in Indonesia is still relatively small, some US$2.31 million in 2012, and is ranks 27th in the country.

    Indonesia and Russia are members of the APEC and the ASEAN Regional Forum and East Asia Community.

    During the bilateral meeting, President Jokowi was accompanied by Foreign Affairs Minister Retno L. P. Marsudi, Trade Minister Rahmat Gobel, Chief Economic Minister Sofyan Djalil, and Cabinet Secretary Andi Wedjayanto.

    Similarly, President Putin was flanked by Russian Foreign Minister Serguey Lavrov, Presidential Adviser for Foreign Affairs Yury Ushakov, and Trade and Industry Minister Dmytry Peskov.

    On the sidelines of the APEC meeting this year, Jokowi held a series of meetings with the U. S. President Barack Obama, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, as well.

    Following the bilateral meetings, the 21 APEC leaders are set to meet and have discussions at the 22nd APEC Summit on Tuesday.

    At the APEC Summit's CEO Forum earlier, President Jokowi referred to the problem of land acquisition in the country.

    "I have experience with land acquisition," the president remarked during his presentation at the forum.

    Addressing hundreds of corporate leaders, President Jokowi explained that he only had to conduct four meetings to fast-track the land acquisition cases related to the construction of a toll road in Jakarta, which had been stalled for several days.

    Unlike some of the heads of governments who delivered speeches at the forum, President Jokowi preferred to make a presentation, during which he shed light on the available business opportunities in Indonesia.

    The president emphasized that Indonesia, as a large country, still offers numerous business opportunities in terms of ports, railways, energy, and the maritime toll road.

    During his presentation, Jokowi revealed precise figures about targets to be achieved and what was necessary.

    He also asserted that entrepreneurs should not worry about the issuance process of licenses as his government plans to reform it.

    "We are waiting for you to come to Indonesia. We are waiting for you to invest in Indonesia," the president declared.

    After the presentation, President Jokowi was thronged by several CEOs who wanted to have a direct conversation with him. (ant/adm)

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