The Jakarta Post
Indonesia hopes to increase maritime and people-to-people cooperation with Poland, as their top leaders met on the sidelines of a high-profile forum in Beijing, China, on Sunday.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo met with Poland’s Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and called on his counterpart to support the Indonesia-European Union Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IEU-CEPA) negotiations.
He also touted Poland’s long tradition in the maritime and shipping sectors as a boon to Indonesia’s maritime industry.
“Indonesia is currently developing its maritime infrastructure, including ports and ships, to increase the connectivity among Indonesia’s islands. This is why I have called for increased cooperation in the maritime sector between Poland and Indonesia,” Jokowi said in a press statement obtained by The Jakarta Post.
In terms of people-to-people contact, the former Jakarta governor emphasized the need to increase cooperation in tourism.
“I also wish for Poland’s support to realize a plan to open direct flight routes traveling Jakarta-Warsaw-Jakarta,” he said.
As many as 27,903 Polish tourists visited Indonesia in 2016 and Jokowi said he appreciated the establishment of a tourism package between Warsaw and Denpasar, Bali, with Polish flag carrier LOT Polish Airlines.
The President also touched on the education sector. Since 1987, up to 400 Polish university students have received the Dharmasiswa scholarship, and from 2011 to 2015, six Polish students received the Indonesian Arts and Culture scholarship.
Jokowi and Szydlo are in Beijing to attend China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) summit from Sunday to Monday. (tas)