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Jakarta Post

Jokowi urges APEC to look beyond the numbers

  • Fedina S. Sundaryani

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, November 11 2017   /  12:29 am

Attentive: President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping attend a dialog between heads of state and the APEC Business Advisory Council in Danang, Vietnam, on Friday.(Antara/Yusran Uccang)While strong economic growth is desirable, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has called on members of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) to look beyond the numbers and ensure that a vibrant economy can be enjoyed by all.

APEC’s 21 Pacific Rim economies have committed themselves to operate under open and free trade and investment until 2020, ever since the Bogor Goals were first established in 1994.

As the initial Bogor Goals will soon come to an end in 2020, Jokowi highlighted that future commitments must also focus on how increased trade and investment can help eradicate poverty and close the wage gap.

His statements on the need for the economy to h...