Jakarta. President Joko Widodo has instructed Coordinating Economics Minister Darmin Nasution to cooperate with Higher Education Minister Muhammad Nasir, Culture and Education Minister Anies Baswedan and Industry Minister Saleh Husin to produce a work-ready labor force in Indonesia.
The cooperation is aimed at promoting vocational training, which forms part of an education agreement between Germany and Indonesia, aimed at improving the quality and skills of Indonesian workers.
"In Germany, the minister of economics can coordinate with the ministers of education, culture and industry to follow up on any further signatures and opportunities," Joko said in a statement on Monday (25/04).
During his European tour on April 18-22, Joko visited Germany, the United Kingdom, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The president also addressed Indonesia's partnership with the UK in the creative economy sector.
"I want this partnership to be followed up, whether it's in showbiz or the design sector," Joko said.
He also emphasized the need for an enhanced partnership with the Dutch government in water management and maritime affairs. The Dutch prime minister is scheduled to visit Indonesia in November.
Joko believes his five-day European state visit projected a positive image of Indonesia.
"The businesses sectors from the countries and the European Union have confidence in the Indonesian economy. Our economic deregulation packages were received positively," the president said on Saturday.
He has also managed to address the Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement with Belgium and the European Union, which was discontinued long ago.
"We secured $20.5 billion worth of business-to-business deals with the four countries," Joko stated.
According to the president, European leaders appreciate and have set high expectations for Indonesia as a peaceful nation, especially through the development of a moderate, democratic, tolerant Islamic community.
"The value of our peaceful, democratic, moderate, tolerant Muslim population has become a diplomatic asset to the world," he said.
The president arrived in Jakarta from the Netherlands at 4.45 p.m. on Saturday.