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Jakarta Post

Forum a mantra for closer Indonesia-Africa ties

  • Arifi Saiman
    Arifi Saiman

    Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis and Development on Asia Pacific and Africa Regions at the Foreign Ministry

Jakarta   /   Tue, April 10, 2018   /  02:52 pm
Forum a mantra for closer Indonesia-Africa ties In a busy assembly hangar of PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI) stands a new light transport airplane. (JP/Marguerite Afra Sapiie)

Indonesia will host the first-ever Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) in Bali on April 10 and 11. The forum is a reflection of Indonesia’s commitment to bring it closer to sub-Saharan Africa and boost business ties to their full potential.

The forum reminds us of the 1955 Asia-Africa Conference in Bandung, which brought together many countries from the two continents. Some were like Indonesia, which had just gained their independence, but many in Africa were still under European colonial rule. An Indonesian initiative, the conference inspired many countries to fight for their independence, and they subsequently won.

Why is sub-Saharan Africa so important? The region covers 46 countries with a total population of 985 million, a combined gross domestic product (GDP) of US$1.394 trillion and a per capita income of $2,071 in 2016. One is a high-income country (S...

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