Angolan FM Set to Visit Indonesia to Boost Economic Ties

Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti is due to visit Jakarta on Monday (10/04) to strengthen relations with Indonesia, especially economic affairs. (Reuters Photo/Andres Stapff)

By : Sheany | on 1:50 PM April 09, 2017
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Angolan Foreign Minister Georges Rebelo Pinto Chikoti is due to visit Jakarta on Monday (10/04) to strengthen relations with Indonesia, especially economic affairs.

"With this visit, we hope to diversify cooperation with Angola in other strategic industries, expanding the [current] focus on energy security," Foreign Ministry spokesman Arrmanatha Nasir said in a statement released by the ministry on Friday.

Angola, one of the largest oil and gas producers in Africa, is one of Indonesia's strategic partners in energy security.

According to the ministry, the southern African country is also a potential market for a variety of Indonesian products, including palm oil, cosmetics, paper, furniture and motor vehicles.

Chikoti is scheduled to meet with Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi on Tuesday at the Pancasila Building of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs complex in Jakarta.

During his three-day visit, Chikoti will also go to see state-owned weapons producer Pindad and aerospace company Dirgantara Indonesia.

Angola is the third-biggest economy in Africa, after South Africa and Nigeria. Trade between Indonesia and Angola trade, mostly in oil and gas, was worth about $190 million in 2016.

Increasing economic partnerships with Africa is one of Indonesia's foreign affairs priorities in 2017.

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