President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo on Tuesday (31/07) urged his ministers to make "serious" efforts to strengthen foreign exchange reserves by widening biodiesel use to combat pressures caused by a global trade war. (Antara Photo/Rosa Panggabean)

Jokowi to Discuss Inclusivity, Development Gap at APEC Summit Next Week


NOVEMBER 05, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is scheduled to attend the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit next week, where he is expected to discuss inclusivity and the development gap in the digital age with 20 other heads of state.

"[The summit] seeks to strengthen regional economic cooperation in the face of digitalization […] The leaders will discuss strategies for the future, from training workers to adapting to the digital age, and reshaping the needs of the labor force," the Ministry of Foreign Affairs director of cooperation for Asia Pacific and Africa, Benyamin Carnadi, told reporters during a press briefing on Thursday (02/11).

Jokowi will attend the 2017 APEC Summit on Nov. 10 and 11, which will take place in Da Nang, Vietnam.

Chaired by Vietnam, the meeting will focus on sustainable, innovative and inclusive growth and enhancing food security and sustainable agriculture in response to climate change.

In a statement, Vietnamese President Tran Dai Quang said that APEC 2017 will seek to create a new dynamism in order to "accelerate the accomplishment of the Bogor Goals on trade and investment liberalization by 2020" and also "discuss the post-2020 vision and direction for APEC."

Furthermore, the meetings will also discuss efforts to strengthen the competitiveness of micro-, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) among the forum’s members, amid competitiveness and innovation in the digital age.

At a press briefing in October, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said Jokowi will focus on efforts to narrow the development gap and bring greater inclusiveness during the summit.

"[Narrowing the development gap] is a very critical issue in any country, not just in Indonesia. Especially in the context of APEC, which needs to give positive contributions in the efforts to narrow the development gap," Retno said.

She emphasized that issues of economic development and inclusiveness are strongly correlated, especially amid rapid changes in technology.

According to the ministry’s spokesman, Arrmanatha Nasir, Jokowi may hold bilateral meetings with other leaders of the forum on the sidelines of the summit.

APEC 2017 will be attended by leaders of its member countries, including United States President Donald Trump and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.