President Jokowi to Raise Three Issues at ASEAN Summit

    Desi Angriani - 19 Juni 2019 20:03 WIB
    President Jokowi to Raise Three Issues at ASEAN Summit
    President Joko Widodo (Photo:MI/Ramdani)
    Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo is scheduled to attend two international summits in the end of June 2019.

    President Jokowi will attend the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok, Thailand on June 20-23. The former Jakarta governor then will join the 2019 G20 Summit on June 28-29.

    "At the 34th ASEAN Summit, I want to raise several issues," President Jokowi told a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

    First, Indonesia will call for stronger unity between ASEAN countries in order to anticipate the current trade war between the United States and China. Secondly, Indonesia will urge ASEAN countries to tackle marine plastic pollution. Lastly, President Jokowi will discuss about the repatriation of Rohingya refugees.

    "I think I will focus on those three issues," President Jokowi remarked.

    In the meantime, this year's G20 Summit will be the first one to be hosted in Japan. It will be be the fourteenth meeting of the international group. President Jokowi will discuss a wide range of issues during the international forum, including global financial system, investment cooperation, digital economy and artifical intelligence.

    Indonesia’s trade balance recorded a USD2.50 billion deficit in April 2019. The main contributors were non-oil and gas as well as oil and gas trade deficits. Cumulatively from January – April 2019, therefore, Indonesia’s trade balance experienced a USD2.56 billion deficit.

    The non-oil and gas trade deficit stood at USD1.01 billion in April 2019 after recording a USD1.05 billion surplus the month earlier. The reversal stemmed from a decline of non-oil and gas exports from USD12.98 billion in March 2019 to USD11.86 billion in the reporting period.
    Meanwhile, non-oil and gas imports were recorded at USD12.86 billion, up USD0.93 billion (mtm) on the previous period. 

    The oil and gas trade deficit was recorded at USD1.49 billion in April 2019, increasing from USD0.38 billion the month earlier. The wider deficit was explained by a growth surge of oil and gas imports from USD1.52 billion in March 2019 to USD2.24 billion in April 2019. In contrast, oil and gas exports decreased from USD1.14 billion in March 2019 to USD0.74 billion in April 2019, weighed down by refined oil and gas products in line with lower export volume.



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