Jakarta. King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia are going to visit Indonesia next week to meet with President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to strengthen political, economic and cultural relations between Sweden and Indonesia, the kingdom's embassy said on Thursday (18/05).
"This is the first time ever [that] we have a state visit, so this is a very memorable moment," Swedish Ambassador Johanna Brismar Skoog said during a press briefing.
According to the ambassador, the visit will focus on increasing trade, strengthening collaboration in innovation and research, and introducing Sweden to Indonesians and Indonesia to Swedes.
During the visit on May 22-24, King Gustaf and Queen Silvia will be in Jakarta, Bogor and Bandung. The meeting with Jokowi will be held at the Presidential Palace in Bogor.
The King and the Queen will participate in a seminar on forestry and sustainability at the International Center for Forestry Research (CIFOR) and will pay a visit to Jakarta's old town, Kota Tua.
King Gustaf is also going to attend Indonesia-Sweden Executive Forum (ISEF), where business leaders from both countries will discuss the efforts to strengthen cooperation.
Queen Silvia will participate in a seminar at the Jakarta Creative Hub and a roundtable discussion on violence against children.
"I think it is very interesting to see how our two countries, together, can focus on ending violence against children by looking at specific things – bullying in schools, violence in the family, communal violence ... There are many things that we can do together to push the international community to take more action in this field," Skoog told the Jakarta Globe.
Sweden's Infrastructure Minister Anna Johansson, Foreign Affairs Minister Margot Wallström and business executives from 31 companies will accompany the royal couple.
On May 24, the delegation will visit Bandung, where they will meet with Bandung Mayor Ridwan Kamil and visit the city's Institute of Technology (ITB).
"Bandung corresponds to our aspirations and ambitions to work together with Indonesia, which have to do with creativity and innovation," Skoog said.
The Swedish Institute and the Indonesia Endowment for Education (LPDP) will sign a memorandum of understanding and launch a LinkedIn portal to connect Sweden-educated Indonesians to Swedish companies in Indonesia.
King Gustaf and Queen Silvia are also going to attend a seminar on triple helix and innovation, organized by ITB and Sweden's Lund University.
The Swedish triple helix model refers to cooperation among public actors, universities and the business sector. The model has led to a successful positive innovation climate in Sweden and has attracted a great deal of attention in Indonesia, according to the Swedish ambassador.