Jakarta — President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) is scheduled to receive French President Francois Hollande at Merdeka Palace in Jakarta on Wednesday (29/03). According to a statement released by the Presidential Office, Hollande is scheduled to arrive at the palace at 11 a.m. local time. A welcome ceremony will be held to honor the state guest. Jokowi and Hollande will hold a joint photo session, which will be followed by a veranda talk, a bilateral meeting, the signing of a memorandum of understanding and a joint press conference. The meeting of the two leaders will end with a state banquet. Foreign Minister spokesperson Arrmanatha Nasir said the visit of Hollande was a historical moment because it was the first visit of a French president after 30 years. In their meeting, Jokowi and Hollande will discuss several issues, including bilateral cooperation in the field of maritime affairs and creative economy. The main topics to be discussed by the two heads of states are infrastructure and energy. After welcoming the French president, Jokowi will continue his activities as usual. At 2:30 p.m. Jokowi will lead a limited Cabinet meeting on village development. At 3:30 p.m., the President and relevant ministers and officials will discuss efforts to accelerate the improvement of Indonesia’s ease of doing business (EOB) index.