Forging stronger business and economic ties was the focus of today’s meeting between Indonesian President Joko Widodo and NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian.
President Widodo met with the Premier on his first official state visit to NSW, and Australia, since his election in 2014. Sydney is the only stop on the two-day itinerary.
“NSW is committed to strengthening its ties with Indonesia, one of our closest and most important neighbours,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“We see opportunities in smart cities infrastructure, agribusiness, fintech and training.
“Stronger business links with Indonesia, the fourth most populous country in the world, will help to generate more jobs and opportunities in our state.
“I commended President Widodo’s ambitious modernisation agenda for his country, especially in the capital Jakarta.”
Ms Berejiklian noted that NSW is well placed to assist Indonesia with its modernisation initiatives through its world-recognised strengths in financial services technology, smart city infrastructure, cyber security and innovation.
NSW exports $477 million worth of products to Indonesia, with agricultural and metal products key sectors for this growing market. NSW is also a popular destination for Indonesian students and travellers, with Indonesia the state’s seventh largest source of international students.
“These talks signal the value NSW places on our relationship with Indonesia,” said Ms Berejiklian.
President Widodo also met with Australian business leaders and tomorrow will host a cultural event for the Sydney Indonesian community at the new International Convention Centre at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.