President Jokowi Calls For Sustainable ASEAN-Japan Infrastructure Partnership

President Jokowi talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs Retno L.P. Marsudi during the ASEAN-Japan Summit at the Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java province (27/10/2021) (Photo by: Presidential Secretariat’s Press, Media, and Information Bureau/Kris)

Infrastructure development is one of the sectors that has the potential to be main focus of ASEAN-Japan partnership, considering that Japan is ASEAN’s largest partner in infrastructure sector, according to President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.

To that end, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo Wednesday (27/10/2021) said that ASEAN-Japan infrastructure partnership must be continued.

“Based on the report I have received, Japan has various projects currently underway amounting to US$259 trillion in several ASEAN countries, including Indonesia,” the President said in his live-streamed remarks during the 24th ASEAN-Japan Summit at Bogor Presidential Palace in West Java province.

President Jokowi also expressed belief that infrastructure has the potential to move drive the region’s economy and provide employment for a big number of people, adding that infrastructure and connectivity are also concrete partnership priorities under ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific.

“ASEAN-Japan has a long-standing partnership history in infrastructure development. The Japanese Government has been involved in supporting the implementation of the Master Plan on ASEAN Connectivity (MPAC),” the President added.

For the record, in 2023 Indonesia is slated to held Indo-Pacific Infrastructure Forum and President Jokowi expressed belief that Japan will support the success of the forum.

In addition to partnership with the Japanese Government, the President added that the partnership with Japanese private sectors is also important in terms of knowledge and technology transfer and financing mobilization.

On that occasion, President Jokowi also affirmed that ASEAN countries will continue to strengthen infrastructure development to facilitate the rise of ASEAN as a center of regional economic development, adding that the infrastructure development in ASEAN countries will also benefit Japan.

“It [ASEAN-Japan partnership] opens up opportunities for the relocation of Japan’s manufacturing industry to the region while diversifying its global supply chain to ASEAN countries. By working together, I am sure we will recover and rise together from the pandemic and economic downturn,” the President said.

Furthermore, President Jokowi also expressed belief that the pandemic situation in the region that continues to improve will have a great impact on economic recovery.

According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF), economy in Asia’s emerging and developing countries will grow 7.2 percent and 6.3 percent in 2021 and 2022 respectively.

“We must use this momentum together to boost economic recovery,” he remarked. (PRESIDENTIAL SECRETARIAT/UN) (AP/EP)

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