Jokowi Starts G20 Summit Agenda in China

President Joko Widodo and first lady Iriana Joko Widodo before their departure from Halim Perdanakusuma Air Force Base in East Jakarta on Friday (02/09). The president and his delegation will attend the Group of 20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sept. 4-5. (Antara Photo/Widodo S. Jusuf)

By : Eko Prasetyo | on 5:42 PM September 04, 2016
Category : News, Foreign Affairs

Jakarta. Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi confirmed that President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has started with his agenda for the Group of 20 Summit in Hangzhou, China, on Sunday (04/09), as he is scheduled to attend a series of events.

"The main points on the president's agenda today is surely to attend the G20 Summit after the opening. [...] There is only one session before the gala dinner slated for tonight, as four other sessions will commence tomorrow morning," Retno said on Sunday, as quoted in a statement.

The G20 summit, being hosted by China for the first time, will discuss three main pillars of cooperation, which are innovation, a new industry revolution and the digital economy, in five sessions.

Jokowi will be one of the main speakers during Monday morning's session, while he is also scheduled to meet with Saudi Arabia's Second Deputy Prime Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdul Aziz Al-Saud in the Dahua Boutique Hotel in Hangzhou.

Visit to Huawei

Before the start of the summit, Jokowi also visited the offices of Huawei Technologies – the world's third-largest smartphone company after Samsung and Apple – to meet with company chairwoman Sun Yafang to discuss various partnership opportunities in Indonesia.

According to Minister Retno, Indonesia would encourage partnership in vocational studies with Huawei's research centers in China, Europe and the United States.

"Huawei has already cooperating with six major universities in Indonesia for technology transfers," Retno said.

She added that Indonesia plans further cooperation with the company for the hosting of the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta and Palembang, South Sumatra.

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