Jokowi makes first trip abroad as head of state

10 November, 2014 | Source: antara news

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Joko Widodo departed for China on Saturday, marking his first tour abroad since his inauguration as the president of Indonesia on October 20.

President Joko Widodo, or Jokowi as he is better known, is set to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit 2014 to be held in Beijing on November 10 and 11.

As the president of Indonesia, this would be his first time participating in an international event that will see attendees like the United States President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

President Jokowi, who is the former governor of Jakarta, replaced Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono following his victory in the presidential election on July 9.

The Director of the Asia-Pacific and Africa Inter-Regional Cooperation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Arto Suryodipuro, said that President Jokowi is scheduled to deliver a speech on Indonesias economic vision for the next five years at the APEC summit.

"Mr. President will highlight the importance of economic integration and connectivity, which is in line with the APECs theme in Beijing," he stated.

After the APEC summit, President Jokowi will head to Myanmar to attend the 25th Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) summit in Nay Pyi Taw on November 12 and 13.

According to the Director General of ASEAN of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, I Gusti Agung Wesaka Puja, President Jokowi will also attend an ASEAN meeting with partner countries and organizations at the summit. These include India, Japan, the United Nations, Australia, East Asian countries, the United States, China, and the ASEAN Plus Three countries (Japan, China and South Korea).

Wesaka Puja pointed out that issues related to maritime and ASEAN development post 2015 will be the primary subjects of discussion at the summit.

"Under Myanmars chairmanship, the focus will be on issues related to the unity of ASEAN member states and building a prosperous community," he added.

The third summit that President Jokowi will attend this month is the G-20 Summit in Brisbane, Australia. Here, he will deliver a speech on the bureaucracy and economic reforms in Solo, Central Java, and the Jakarta Capital Region.

"President Jokowi has been specially asked to talk about his experiences in bureaucracy and economic reforms during his term as the mayor of Solo and the governor of Jakarta," the Director of Economic and Environment Development of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Toferry Soetikno, affirmed.


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