Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) held a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister (PM) of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Jean-Michel Sama Lukonde at the Sandton Convention Center, Johannesburg, Republic of South Africa, on Thursday (24/8/2023).
The meeting discussed the development of the downstream industry for cobalt commodities. Where Congo and Indonesia are the first and second largest producers of cobalt commodities in the world, so that Indonesia expressed interest in investing and sharing knowledge in the downstream ecosystem.
“Indonesia is ready to share experiences and expertise related to downstream ecosystems and will encourage Indonesian SOEs to be involved in exploration and investment,” Jokowi said in a statement, quoted Friday (25/8/2023).
Apart from that, Jokowi also invited PM Lukonde to encourage the establishment of a number of collaborations with several Indonesian State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) with Congo which are currently being explored regarding the management of oil blocks.
“Let’s push for the realization of this cooperation and for the offer of cooperation in the management of an oil block on the border with Angola, I will assign the relevant parties to follow up on it,” Jokowi said.
Not only that, the management and development of the economic value of forests were also discussed at the meeting. Especially in an effort to overcome the catastrophic problem of climate change.
Apart from that, the former Governor of DKI Jakarta also said that Indonesia is also ready for various experiences in terms of peat conservation and sustainable forest management.
“I hope we can increase cooperation in forest management and develop potential carbon credits. Indonesia is ready to share experiences regarding peat conservation and bioeconomic development and sustainable forest management,” Jokowi said.
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