Jokowi heads to Busan to attend summit

Jokowi heads to Busan to attend summit

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo departed on Wednesday to Busan, South Korea, to meet ASEAN and South Korean leaders in a special summit held to strengthen the strategic partnership between the host country and members of the regional association.

President Jokowi and his entourage departed from Halim Perdanakusuma Airport in East Jakarta at 7:10 a.m. on the presidential plane. He is scheduled to return to Jakarta on Friday.

Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Tedjo Edhy Purdijatno, who accompanied the President before his departure, said the President would use his attendance at the summit to mainly discuss economic issues.

"This [summit discusses] economic issues, [including] investment cooperation between us and [South] Korea," he told reporters.

President Jokowi, according to Tedjo, may also spend some time inspecting the construction of weapons ordered by the country from South Korean companies.

"Some of our [primary weaponry defence systems] are being constructed there. So the President might inspect them," he said without elaborating.

In 2011, the Defence Ministry and Daewoo Shipbuilding Marine Engineering (DSME) of South Korea signed a contract to build three submarines, each weighing 1,400 tons and measuring 61.3 meters long.

DSME plans to complete the contract by the first half of 2018.

Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto said earlier that several ministers, including State-Owned Enterprises Minister Rini Soemarno and Environment and Forestry Minister Siti Nurbaya Bakar, would accompany the President on his visit to South Korea.

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