Jokowi, Trudeau commit to closer co-operation

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo held a bilateral meeting with Canada's new prime minister, Justin Trudeau, in Antalya, Turkey, on Sunday, ahead of the G20 summit to be held in the city.

President Jokowi congratulated Trudeau on his election as Canada's prime minister. "We want to develop stronger co-operation between Indonesia and Canada," he said, as quoted by presidential communication team member Ari Dwipayana in a press statement on Sunday.

In the acquaintance meeting, the two leaders discussed efforts to increase bilateral co-operation between the two countries.

The two leaders also expressed their mutual grief over terror attacks in Paris, stressing that efforts to fight radicalism and terrorism required close attention from all countries.

"In this regard, the two countries have agreed to increase their co-operation in related fields, such as human rights, democracy development and interfaith dialogue reinforcing," Ari said.

In the field of the economy, the two leaders noted that there remained wide trade and investment opportunities for the two countries. The trade between the two countries amounted to only US$2.6 billion in 2014. Therefore, Jokowi asked Canada to open its market wider for Indonesian products such as rubber, paper, furniture, electronics, footwear, coffee and tea.

Jokowi also encouraged Canadian businesspeople to increase their investment in Indonesia, especially in human resources, agriculture, sustainable technology and infrastructure.

"President Jokowi conveyed that the Indonesian government had issued various economic policy packages aimed at improving conditions to be more conducive for investors in Indonesia," said Ari, adding that the President also hoped that Canadian businessmen would take advantage of opportunities and investment-friendly conditions in Indonesia.

Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Finance Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro and State Secretary Minister Pratikno accompanied President Jokowi at the meeting.