PRESIDENT JOKOWI URGES OBAMA TO COOPERATE IN DIGITAL ECONOMY

Jokowi and Obama shaking hands.
Jokowi and Obama shaking hands.

Washington, 14 Muharram 1437/27 October 2015 (MINA) – President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, has urged President Barack Obama to work together to develop a digital economy, given the huge potential of Indonesia in the field.

President Jokowi in a joint press statement with Obama in the Oval Office of the White House Washington, DC, on Monday, said that the two countries can cooperate in developing digital economy as Indonesia offers huge potential in this field.

“I set the digital technology is a priority of Indonesia. I invite the United States to cooperate in the digital economy,” the president said.

Jokowi said that Indonesia is currently one of the largest country in the field of the digital economy.

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On that occasion he thanked President Obama for his warm welcome to him and the delegation he leads, Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) uoted Antara News as reporting.

“Indonesia welcomes the partnership strategy as it is a symbol of increased cooperation between Indonesia and the United States,” he said.

According to him, Indonesia is the largest Muslim country in the world and is the largest democracy in the world after India and the United States.

Islam  in Indonesia, he said, is moderate, modern and tolerant “We believe that Islam in Indonesia is able to play an important role in maintaining democracy and pluralism and against radicalism and terrorism,” he said.

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Jokowi said he had also held discussion with Obama on the issue of climate change.

“And we have agreed to resolve this case where prolonged forest fires in peatlands is a major challenge for the country to overcome.

Since the summer, Indonesia has been battling smog-belching fires — an annual problem during the dry season — which have produced a blanket of haze that has also spread into Malaysia, Brunei, Singapore and Thailand.    (T/R07/R01)

Mi’raj Islamic New Agency (MINA)