President Jokowi to Meet IT CEOs in US

President Joko Widodo and his entourage while transiting through Guam, on the way up to US.
President Joko Widodo and his entourage while transiting through Guam, on the way up to US.

Jakarta, 6 Jumadal Awwal 1437/15 February 2016 (MINA) – President Joko Widodo will meet with chief executive officers of US giant information technology companies during his visit to that country for a US-ASEAN Summit on February 15-16.

“I will take an opportunity to meet with IT CEOs,” the President said at a press conference before departing for California at the VVIP Room of Jakartas Halim Perdanakusuma airport here on Sunday.

President Joko Widodo will also visit the Silicon Valley in San Fransisco and also with the Indonesian diaspora in San Fransisco whose number is quite big while in the US, Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) reported, quoting Antara News.

In the US-ASEAN Summit on February 15-16 Indonesia will raise the theme of cooperation for peace and welfare.

After the summit scheduled in Sunnylands, California, President Joko Widodo and delegation including First Lady Iriana will proceed to California where the President is scheduled to deliver a key speech at a US-ASEAN Business Council on February 17.

At the conference the President said both ASEAN and the US have the obligation to create regional as well as global peace and stability.

“The ASEAN-US partnership must bring equal benefit for the welfare of the people of ASEAN and the US,” he said.

For the purpose he said Indonesia would encourage increased economic cooperation in the small and medium business sector, promotion of entrepreneurship and innovation as well as digital economic development.

With regard to peace he said “I will exchange ideas with nine other ASEAN leaders and the US leader regarding peace in the region.”

President Joko Widodo is scheduled to lead a session on terrorism and “I will take this opportunity to share our experience as a country with the worlds biggest Moslem population in developing tolerance, preventing radicalism and fighting terrorism,” he said.

He said Indonesia would also raise the importance of public participation including through social media in the counter- terrorism fight.

Seen in the presidential delegation were trade minister Thomas Lembong and presidential chief of staff Teten Masduki.

The President and delegation is scheduled to arrive home on February 19. (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)