I wholeheartedly welcome President Joko Widodo and First Lady Iriana Joko Widodo on a state visit to Korea. I congratulate President Joko Widodo on demonstrating the potential of Indonesia and raising the pride of Asians by successfully hosting the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games. I am very gratified that the Jakarta Light Rail Transit and the 5G Experience Center constructed by Korean businesses were of help.
I met with President Jokowi again today after ten months. We affirmed deepening friendship and trust marked by the celebration of the 45th anniversary of diplomatic relations. We highly rated the great headway made in agreements contained in the joint vision declared at the November summit last year. We reached an agreement to further expand its breadth and depth.
First, our two countries will arrange more vibrant senior-level exchanges and policy consultations, including by the heads of state. Bilateral exchanges have continued in many sectors, including national defense, since the last summit. We will take extra care and expedite the implementation of agreements, including what was agreed upon today, so that the people of our two countries will be able to feel the benefits.
Second, we will identify and actively carry out cooperative projects with a view to promoting mutual prosperity and creating future growth and prosperity. Bilateral trade has been increasing this year again as it did last year. In the first half of this year alone, the trade volume reached US$9.8 billion. Our two countries reaffirmed the agreement to expand trade to US$30 billion by 2022 and agreed to redouble our efforts to realize that goal.
Our two countries agreed to work together to help enhance Korean businesses' participation and cooperation in sectors Indonesia has placed a priority on, including steel, petrochemical goods and automobiles. Korea agreed to work together with Indonesia to help improve its infrastructure by building a light rail transit system and developing areas surrounding subway stations as well as continue to cooperate in the development of eco-friendly energy, including by constructing a hydroelectric power plant. Our two countries will also enhance digital startup cooperation, utilizing information and communications technology such as the 5G mobile communications. The two nations will continue to jointly respond to the Fourth Industrial Revolution with small and medium-sized enterprises in both countries playing a leading role in the process.
Third, our two countries will join forces to promote people-to-people exchanges and improve the quality of life in both countries. I look forward to seeing young people in both nations, who are full of passion and unyielding spirit, become closer. MOUs were also concluded in public personnel administration, legislative exchanges and e-government. A transparent and efficient government organization will serve as the basis for national development and help further improve the lives of the people.
Fourth, our two countries will closely cooperate for the sake of peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula and in East Asia. I extend my heartfelt appreciation once again to President Jokowi for making active efforts to bring peace to the Korean Peninsula, including by inviting the heads of state of both Koreas to Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games in Indonesia. I request continued support of Indonesia, which will be a non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.
Our two countries have a strategic partnership in national security. We are jointly producing next-generation fighter jets and submarines. Cooperation in national defense and the defense industry will be further solidified going forward.
Both of our countries have a vision of becoming a maritime power. Cooperation will be upgraded in maritime and environmental affairs, such as in joint responses to international maritime crimes as well as in the cleaning of marine litter and energy development.
While actively supporting Korea’s New Southern Policy, President Jokowi promised to cooperate with us so that ASEAN and Korea can become part of a people-centered peace community where everyone thrives. There is an Indonesian proverb, “Walk until you reach Beijing, sail until you reach a castle.” This means you have to finish what you have started.
Indonesia is the first destination of my state visits as well as the destination of Korea’s investment in forestry, manufacturing, petroleum development and the defense industry. President Jokowi is the first foreign head of state to attend a welcoming ceremony in an ancient Korean palace. I hope that Korea and Indonesia, our good friend in many ways, will be able to stay together until the end and bring peace and prosperity to East Asia together.
I again express my gratitude to President Jokowi and the First Lady who are on a state visit to Korea and the accompanying officials.
Terima kasih (Thank you).