JAKARTA, presidentpost.com – President Jokowi has said that the visit of Nigerian President Issoufou Mahamadou to Indonesia was very historical. Issoufou is the first Nigerian president visiting Indonesia, after the two countries established the diplomatic relation six years ago.
“The two countries’ populations are Muslims in majority, so President Issoufou’s visit is important in encouraging Islam which is rahmatan lil ‘alamin, Islam with moderation and tolerance values, and cooperation to promote Muslims, both in the Islamic organizations and bilateral cooperation,” said President Jokowi when he started his press conference with Nigerian President Issoufou Mahamadou at the Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, on Monday (10/16).
He asserted that Africa is one of Indonesia’s foreign policy priorities. To that end, President Jokowi considers the intensity of cooperation with Nigeria become very important.
According Jokowi, he and President Issoufou have discussed the efforts to increase the economic cooperation in infrastructure, strategic industries, energy, engineering and human resources.
“In the infrastructure sector, I support the People’s Housing Development plan for the people in Nigeria, in this case PT WIKA will see first-hand the potentials of the existing projects in Nigeria,” said the president.
The two presidents also agreed to begin discussions in the strategic and energy industries. Regarding the technical cooperation, Jokowi said, Indonesia has experiences that can be shared with Nigeria.
“Indonesia will be happy to offer the technical cooperation, such as in agriculture, fisheries, education, small and medium enterprises, as well as in health and family planning,” said President Jokowi.
In trade, President Jokowi and President Issoufou agreed to take steps to reduce the tariff and non-tariff barriers.
He further said that Nigeria is a member of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS). To that end, Indonesia also requested the support of Nigeria in the discussion of Preferential Trade Agreement between Indonesia and ECOWAS.
“I invite Niger entrepreneurs who want make business deals with Indonesia to attend the Indonesia-Africa Forum in Bali in April 2018,” said President Jokowi.
In the meeting two cooperation agreements (MoUs) were signed, about the visa exemption for the diplomatic and official passports holders and the establishment of a joint commission meeting.
“I express my appreciation to His Excellency President Issoufou for the support of Nigeria in the Indonesia’s nomination for the UN Security Council non-permanent members 2019-2020,” said President Jokowi.
The meeting was also attended by Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, and PUPR Minister Basuki Hadimuljono. (Seskab/TPP)