Jakarta. The secretary general of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Nguyễn Phú Trong, will make his first visit to Indonesia on Tuesday (22/08), the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement.
"[Nguyễn’s] visit aims at expanding the bilateral relations, especially in the maritime and fisheries [sector], trade, investment and regional issues," the statement said.
During his three-day visit, Nguyễn is also scheduled to meet with members of the People's Consultative Assembly (MPR), the House of Representatives (DPR) and the Regional Representatives Council (DPD). He will also speak at a business forum.
Last year, the value of trade between Indonesia and Vietnam reached $6.2 billion. The number is expected to increase to $10 billion by 2018.
Vietnam is the third largest market in Southeast Asia, with a population of more than 90 million and a growing middle class.
Earlier this month, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said Indonesia should address the market potential Vietnam has to offer.
"Indonesia needs to give special attention to Vietnam not only due to its economic and market potential, but also through investment, to enter other countries that have bilateral free trade agreements with Vietnam," Enggartiasto said, as quoted by state news agency Antara.
Indonesia has a total investment of $2 billion in Vietnam, in various sectors, including properties and medicines.
The Vietnamese government is led by the Communist Party of Vietnam. Nguyễn is the country's leader, with authority exceeding that of Vietnam's president and prime minister.
After Indonesia, he is scheduled to visit Myanmar.