Joko Hopeful About Cooperation With Netherlands, Serbia

BY :DONNY ANDHIKA MONONIMBAR

NOVEMBER 30, 2015

Jakarta. In France to attend a key climate conference, President Joko Widodo on Monday also made time to meet Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte, to discuss the National Capital Integrated Coastal Development (NCICD) project in Jakarta as well as work on a deep sea port.

The Dutch-run NCICD project is meant to provide a comprehensive solution for Jakarta's flood problems, including by addressing sanitation and water supply issues. A key aspect of the project is the construction of a seawall.

Joko wants work on the project to be intensified, according to a statement on the Cabinet Secretariat's website, and he also expressed his wish to continue cooperation on the deep sea port project.

The Dutch promised to send a team to Jakarta to discuss the matter, and Rutte himself is also scheduled to visit Indonesia next year. 

Beside meeting Rutte, Joko also met with Serbia's President Tomislav Nikolic in Paris, for the first time. In that meeting, Joko expressed his hopes that bilateral relations, especially in terms of trade, would be enhanced. 

The Indonesian president also asked Nikolic to help give Indonesian companies better access to the Serbian market. 

Based on Central Statistics Agency (BPS) data, trade between Indonesia and Serbia has increased by 43.24 percent to $12.16 million in the January to August period. In the same period last year, trade between the two countries amounted to $8.49 million, with an Indonesian deficit of $1.4 million. 

President Nikolic is scheduled to visit Indonesia in 2016 and Joko asked him to bring along a business delegation.

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