Jokowi to discuss diverse topics from economic stability to female empowerment at ASEAN Summit and G-20 Summit

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IO, Jakarta – President Jokowi held a closed-door meeting at the President’s Office, Presidential Palace Complex, Jakarta, on Wednesday (19/6/2019). The agenda is to prepare for the President’s Work Visit to ASEAN Summit and G-20 Summit. The 34th ASEAN Summit will be held in Thailand, while Japan will host the G-20 Summit this week. “Today’s meeting will discuss the work visit at both the ASEAN Summit and the G-20 Summit. We must make optimal preparation in order to be able to achieve available opportunities, especially in strengthen­ing our national economy and interests,” Jokowi said.

Jokowi feels that there are several issues that he must bring up in the 34th ASEAN Summit in Thailand. First, he must persuade ASEAN countries to unite in anticipating the trade wars between the US and China in order to protect ASEAN’s economic stability. “Firstly, it is important that we ask ASEAN countries to unite. Secondly, marine rubbish is also an issue that we need to discuss. Thirdly, we need to discuss the acceleration of peace proceedings in Myanmar. These are the three issues that we are about to bring up in the ASEAN Summit‎,” Jokowi said.

In the G-20 Summit in Japan, Jokowi will bring up and the discuss global economy and finances, particularly in relation to trading and investments. He will also bring up innovative steps for digital economy and artificial intelligence development. Finally, he expects to deal with the handling of gaps in infrastructure quality, labor, and female empowerment worldwide.

The restricted meeting was attended by Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani, Minister of Industry Airlangga Hartarto, President’s Chief of Staff Moeldoko, and State Secretary Pratikno. Also present were the Minister of Female Empowerment and Child Protection Yohana Yembise‎, Coordinating Minister of the Economy Darmin Nasution, Minister of Justice and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Ignasius Jonan, and Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara. (dsy)