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Jakarta Post

Indonesia lures nontraditional African markets

  • Dian Septiari
    Dian Septiari

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 21, 2019   /  06:47 pm
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Vice President Jusuf Kalla (center), accompanied by Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan (right), speaks to participants of the Indonesian-African Forum (IAF) in Nusa Dua, Bali on the sidelines of the opening ceremony of the event on April 10, 2018.(JP/ Nyoman Budhiana)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said Indonesia is ready to cooperate with countries in Africa in the face of the global trade war, as Indonesia seeks new opportunities to expand its trade and investment portfolio in nontraditional markets. Jokowi officially opened the 2019 Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue (IAID) in Nusa Dua, Bali on Tuesday. "The heated trade war and global economic crisis, conflicts between countries, [and] development gaps have caused uncertainty. Indonesia and Africa must agree to strengthen solidarity to improve the region and the world. We have to work hard to turn uncertainty into certainty,” he said in his opening speech, as quoted from a press statement. Having started early last year, the ongoing trade war has seen China and the United States impose sanctions and tariffs on each other. It has caused a slump in Southeast...