President Sall made the statement while receiving the visit of Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi in Dakar, Senegal, on Monday, December 2, 2019. During the meeting, both governments were on the same page on the need to deepen bilateral cooperation in the areas of infrastructure, strategic industries, mining, and economy.
According to a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs received here, Tuesday, December 3, 2019, Minister Retno has also called on President Sall to offer ease in visa schemes for private sectors to boost visitor arrivals in Senegal, as the economic cooperation between Indonesia and Senegal deepens.
After the meeting, Minister Retno and her Senegalese counterpart bore witness to the inking of the First Phase Contract for the Tower of Goree project that was earlier agreed upon during the Indonesia-Africa Infrastructure Dialogue in Bali in August. The signing between PT WIKA and the Senegalese party initiated the commencement of the 250-million euro project.
The Tower of Goree project is the start of several infrastructure projects between Indonesia and Senegal. It will also be a landmark for the holding of the 2022 Youth Olympic Games in Dakar.
On the sidelines of the meeting in Senegal, several state-owned enterprises -- PT WIKA, PT Dirgantara Indonesia, PT Timah, and Indonesia Eximbank -- also held a series of meetings in the fields of infrastructure, mining and strategic industries. Senegal have offered several cooperation opportunities, including the construction of bridges, renovation of military airports, opportunities to purchase CN-235 aircraft, and discussion of mining cooperation, such as phosphate.
In Dakar, Minister Retno also addressed an international conference organized by the Senegalese Government, in collaboration with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) on sustainable development. She is the only foreign minister invited as one of the speakers to share Indonesia's success story in development and investment cooperation with various countries in Africa.
On the sidelines of the conference, Marsudi spoke with Burkina Faso President Roch Marc Christian Kaboré who invited Indonesia to collaborate on several priority infrastructure projects in his country. Marsudi also spoke with Mali Prime Minister Boubou Cisse and deliberated on the significance of creating peace and security to drive economic growth.
This was Minister Marsudi's first visit to Africa in her time serving in the Indonesia Onward Cabinet. During the earlier administration of President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo, she had paid a visit to several African countries, including South Africa, Ivory Coast, Mozambique, and Nigeria.
The series of visits amplify President Jokowi's vision and mission to enhance the role of the Indonesian economy at the global level, including in Africa, among others. (Antara)