President Jokowi leaves for United States

Indonesian President Joko Widodo and his entourage left Jakara on Sunday for the United States to attend the US-ASEAN Summit on February 15-16, 2016.

Before leaving Halim Perdanakusuma military airbase at 9 am West Indonesia Standard Time (WIB), President Jokowi said he would attend the US-ASEAN Summit at Rancho Mirage in California, the United States.

He said the summit will be divided into numerous sessions, including a working dinner of ASEAN leaders and US President Barack Obama.

According to him, issues that Indonesia will raise in the summit relates to politics, law, security, and economy.

Earlier, Foreign Affairs Ministrys Director for Inter Region Dialog Partner, Derry Aman, remarked on Thursday that Indonesia would carry the theme of partnership for peace and prosperity.

“Indonesia is considered as the leader of ASEAN, and therefore we have to in the front line in making every discussing in the summit beneficial for ASEAN region,” Derry Aman said.

He said that in the first segment, for example, Indonesia will prioritize the development of Micro Small Medium (UMKM) businesses with the US business makers.

In addition, in the context of the issue of innovation and entrepreneurship, Indonesia will utilize information technology cooperation, especially in the field of digital economy.

Indonesia also will promote efforts so that companies in the US can invest in ASEAN, especially in, in addition to encouraging US investors to play a role in the cooperation of US-ASEAN strategic partnership.

“We will also strengthen cooperation in combating terrorism and extremism, maritime cooperation, assertion of Indonesias position related to the South China Sea, as well as cross-border crime prevention,” he said.

President Jokowi in the trip to the US-ASEAN Summit is accompanied by First Lady Iriana, Trade Minister Thomas Lembong, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, and Presidential Communications Team Ari Dwipayana.

Source: Antara News