Bali, April 10, 2018: Vice President Jusuf Kalla officially opened the first Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF 2018) in Bali Nusa Dua Convention Center (10/4). Vice President Jusuf Kalla conveyed that Indonesia and Africa have a long history beginning with the organizing of the Asian-African Conference (KAA) in Bandung, 1955. The spirit of cooperation between Indonesia and Africa keep continuously which is marked by the 50-year and 60-year anniversaries of the Asia-Africa Conference in the years 2005 and 2015.
Indonesia and Africa thereafter keep working together in promoting the economic cooperation. Indonesia also considered Africa as a strategic partner in foreign policy. African countries, likened to Wakanda in the Black Panther film have uncharted potential and resources that are not widely known by the international community.
Like Africa, Indonesia as a growing economy in Asia, the largest in Southeast Asia, as well as a member of the G20, is developing infrastructure to boost economic growth. In addition, Vice President Jusuf Kalla also encouraged the continuation of Kerja Sama Selatan-selatan dan Triangular (KSST) (South-South and Triangular Cooperation program) program of Indonesia-Africa that may explore the potential of economic cooperation in the future.
The value of Indonesia-Africa trade, according to the Vice President, continues to increase. The latest in 2017, the value of Indonesia-Africa trade increased 15% over the previous year.
The trade value still has great potential to grow continuously in considering the African countries still need Indonesian export goods such as palm oil, motor vehicles, and mass transportation vehicles, in addition to existing ones such as Indomie.
"Such effort needs to be supported by cooperation of export policy, connectivity, trade agreements, and infrastructure improvement," said the Vice President in front of the invitees.
The IAF 2018 is attended by over 500 participants from the government and private sectors of Indonesia and Africa. IAF 2018 will be held on 10-11 April 2018 which is organized by various activities such as business exhibitions, panel discussions, business forum and cultural exhibitions of Indonesia-Africa. The Government of Indonesia intends to demonstrate Indonesia's commitment, love, and friendship to African countries.
Before officially opening IAF 2018, Vice President Jusuf Kalla advised in order that the hard working should be continued, and cooperation agreements that have been made together should be followed up for the sake of common welfare of Indonesia-Africa. (Source: Directorate of Infomed/Ministry of Foreign Affairs/Abid).