Jokowi and South African President Zuma to Revive Spirit of Asian-African Conference

Jokowi and South African President Zuma to Revive Spirit of Asian-African Conference

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Jakarta — President Joko Widodo told South African President Jacob Zuma in a meeting at the Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday (08/03) that strengthening relationship with South Africa will Indonesia’s number one foreign policy priority in the African continent. “South Africa will be the focus of Indonesia’s foreign policy in Africa,” Jokowi said, adding that the relationship between the two countries will be based on the principles of South-South Cooperation, or SSC, and economic partnership. Policymakers and academics use the term SSC to describe the exchange of resources, technology and knowledge between developing countries. The milestone for SSC was placed during the Asian-African Conference, which took place in Bandung, West Java in 1955. Leaders of South American and African countries at that time hoped the cooperation would bring a new world order and counter the existing Western dominance socially, economically and politically. Reviving SSC principles, according to Jokowi, will boost Indonesia’s trade partnerships with African countries. Jokowi also congratulated Zuma on South Africa’s selection to chair the Indian Ocean Rim Association (IORA) for 2017-2019. Several members of Jokowi’s cabinet attended the meeting with the South African president, including Chief Economy Minister Darmin Nasution, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Maritime and Fishery Minister Susi Pudjiastuti, Energy Minister Ignasius Jonan, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, State Secretary Pratikno and Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung. President Zuma was accompanied by International Relations Minister Maite Nkoana Mashabane, Environmental Minister Edna Mowela, Agricultural Minister Senzeni Zokwana and South African Ambassador to Indonesia Pakasima Agustina Sifuba.

Source: thejakartaglobe

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