Jokowi Praises OBOR and Communicates Hopes

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 , 12:36:00 WIB - Economy

President Joko Widodo (left) is seen shaking hands with China´ President Xi Jinping (right) in a bilateral meeting, at the sidelines of the Belt and Road Forum, at the Gedung Great Hall of the People, Beijing, Sunday (14/5).(ANTARA)

JAKARTA, GRES.NEWS – President Joko Widodo is in Beijing, China, to attend the One Belt one Road (OBOR) Forum.

In the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF), Joko Widodo reminded other participants in his speech that, when the Silk Road was created a long time ago, Indonesia was famous for being a region that was rich in spices and was also part of the road.

"I would like to remind you all that centuries ago, when the Silk Road was developed, Indonesia was known as a spice-rich region, the Spice Islands," the President said, in Beijing, Monday (15/5).

He hopes in the new Silk Road, the One Belt One Road (OBOR), Indonesia can play an important road once more.

"Indonesia and Southeast Asia must once more play an important role in supplying raw materials and natural resources that can be processed into finished goods and services," Joko Widodo said.

The President views that Indonesia can be a trade and business hub in the new road, reminding other leaders in the forum that Indonesia is one of three largest nations to supply food commodities such as cacao, coffee, coconuts, and spices such as cinnamons and nutmegs, and many other commodities.

In the industry sector, the nation is the world’s third main nickel, led, copper and bauxite aluminum exporter. There is also abundant and affordable energy resources.

"Southeast Asia, especially Indonesia, is blessed with cheap and abundant energy resources. There are hydro, geothermal, solar and coal energy to be harnessed," he said.

President Joko Widodo also praised the OBOR initiative as it would trigger industrialization across the globe, similar to the one China experienced.

Thus, he sees that the initiative would curb poverty.

"We (Indonesia) is confident that the infrastructure constructions under the Belt and Road initiative would trigger industrializations on massive scale. From Africa, the Middle East, Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia and East Asia," the President concluded.