DPM Teo calls on Jokowi at Istana Merdeka

From left to right: Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry & Education Low Yen Ling, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Ambassador Anil Kumar Nayar, Chairman for Government Pa
From left to right: Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry & Education Low Yen Ling, Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, Ambassador Anil Kumar Nayar, Chairman for Government Parliamentary Committee (Defence and Foreign Affairs) Vikram Nair, Indonesian Deputy Foreign Minister A.M. Fachir, Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Chief of Staff Teten Masduki during the meeting at Istana Merdeka on Friday (Aug 11).PHOTO: WAHYUDI SOERIAATMADJA

JAKARTA - Indonesia's President Joko Widodo on Friday (Aug 11) hosted a high-level delegation from Singapore, led by Deputy Prime Minister Teo Chee Hean, at the Istana Merdeka.

Among the items discussed were cooperation and investment opportunities as the two nations mark 50 years of bilateral relations this year, said Indonesia's Deputy Foreign Minister A. M. Fachir after the meeting.

The two sides also talked about the Kendal Industrial Park in Central Java, which was launched by Mr Joko and Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong at the Indonesia-Singapore Leaders Retreat last November.

DPM Teo told Mr Joko that there are now 30 companies from Singapore, employing a total of 1,700 workers from Semarang, the capital of Central Java, with 41 more firms on the way, said Mr Fachir.

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He added that these additional 41 companies will require about 4,000 more workers once they set up shop there. "Therefore the government will also set up institutions such as polytechnics to prepare the workforce."

DPM Teo arrived in Jakarta on Thursday for a three-day visit, his second to Indonesia this year.

He is accompanied by Minister for Social and Family Development Tan Chuan-Jin, Senior Parliamentary Secretary for Trade and Industry & Education Low Yen Ling, Chairman for Government Parliamentary Committee (Defence and Foreign Affairs) Vikram Nair and officials from the foreign affairs, trade and industry ministries.

At the meeting, both sides also touched on how Singapore can work with Indonesia in areas such as the digital economy, as well as other opportunities in the Riau Islands, which will be further addressed at the next Leaders Retreat to be held in Singapore on Sept 7, said Mr Fachir.

DPM Teo also met former Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as well as other officials and leaders on Friday.

The Singapore delegation that attended Thursday night's National Day Reception hosted by the Singapore Embassy in Jakarta, will also be at the Singapore Community Day event, which will be held at Hotel Indonesia Kempinski on Saturday.