Jokowi's Inaugural African Tour Sets Path for Collaborative Growth


President Joko Widodo, commonly known as Jokowi, has embarked on a significant working visit to Africa, marking his maiden official visit to the continent since assuming the role of President. This monumental journey will span four African countries: Kenya, Tanzania, Mozambique, and South Africa, signifying Indonesia's commitment to fostering cooperative ties across borders.

Commencing his visit in Kenya, President Jokowi engaged in a meeting with the President of the Republic of Kenya, William Ruto, on August 20th. Notably, this diplomatic venture underscores the historical rapport between Indonesia and Africa, rooted in Indonesia's role as the initiator and host of the landmark Asian African Conference in 1955. Moreover, Indonesia has played a pivotal role in establishing the Non-Aligned Movement—a testament to its dedication to global solidarity and cooperation.

Reflecting on the profound "Bandung spirit," President Jokowi articulated his intention to carry this ethos with him during his African journey. His aim is to reinforce camaraderie and collaborative endeavors among countries of the Global South. Jokowi stated, "It is this Bandung spirit that I will bring with me on a visit to Africa by strengthening solidarity and cooperation among the Global South countries."

Furthermore, President Jokowi highlighted the evolving diplomatic landscape with his revelation that Kenya and Tanzania established their embassies in Jakarta just last year. This significant step symbolizes the unwavering commitment of these nations to deepen their collaboration with Indonesia. Mozambique, on the other hand, holds the distinction of being the first African country to establish a preferential trade agreement (PTA) with Indonesia.

Notably, President Jokowi's itinerary includes a visit to South Africa, where he will attend the Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) Summit 2023. This gathering of prominent nations presents an opportune platform for bilateral engagements and discourse among the attending heads of state.

President Jokowi and his accompanying delegation are scheduled to return to Indonesia on August 25th. His entourage during this pivotal visit includes prominent figures such as Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister for Energy and Mineral Resources Arifin Tasrif, and Governor of North Sumatra Edy Rahmayadi.

As President Jokowi paves the way for stronger diplomatic relations, this journey signifies Indonesia's dedication to fostering global partnerships that transcend geographical boundaries and promote mutual growth.

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