Presidential Meeting Joko Widodo (Jokowi) with the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (SAR), Carrie Lam, at Merdeka Palace, Jakarta, Wednesday (25/4), as a return visit to discuss growing trade and growing economic growth.
“Moreover, we have just completed the signing of the ASEAN-Hong Kong FTA and very positive talks between the President with the Chief Executive. We agreed to increase investment and trade, even they are very open, “said Minister of Trade (Mendag) Enggartiasto Lukita after accompanying the President in the courtyard of Istana Negara, Jakarta.
The Minister of Trade said that Indonesia will use Hong Kong as its hub for export. Responding to this, according to the Minister of Trade, Chief Executive of Hong Kong also offers a variety of things, including exhibition and promotion activities in Hong Kong for various Indonesian products such as tropical food and so on.
Regarding the increase in trade, the minister said, the Hong Kong government will open and invest and will push to enter Indonesia for investment in infrastructure and other sectors.
In line with the Minister of Trade, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), Thomas Lembong said that in addition to being a hub for Indonesian exports, Hong Kong is also a hub for investment.
“So as a financial center of the world, as a financial hub was discussed about funding infrastructure, financing, and support services,” said the Head of BKPM while conveying that Hong Kong has many means of professional profession support services, such as accounting, administration , project coordinator, risk management and so on. That is, according to the Head of BKPM, which Hong Kong offers to assist infrastructure and investment projects to Indonesia.
“So they can play an important role in human resources including increasing our human resources, our capacity in the financial sector in supporting services for investment,” said the Head of BKPM.
In relation to labor migrants, according to Minister of Manpower, Hanif Dakhiri, the President at the meeting expressed his appreciation to the Hong Kong government, which continues to improve the quality of protection of Indonesian migrant workers, for example through amendments to the existing rules there.
“Nevertheless, the President also requested that the improvement of protection continue to be done along with the increasing problem of our migrant workers in Hong Kong,” said President.
The second thing, according to the Minister of Manpower, is that since Hong Kong is also entering into aging society, where society is aging, which is different from Indonesia, so the need for caregiver is also getting bigger.
“Hong Kong gives an opportunity also to Indonesia to be able to put his caregiver there. Technically we will follow-up with the Consulate in Hong Kong and all related agencies, “said Menaker.
The number of foreign workers in Indonesia from various countries, according to Menaker, about 85 thousand people, until the end of 2017. He added that migrant workers in Hong Kong amounted to 160 thousand.
“In essence, related to the problem of foreign workers are still very very controlled. Because it is the fact that our migrant workers invade other countries. In Hong Kong alone 160 thousand, Chinese labor in Indonesia 24 thousand. If the same 160 thousand 24 thousand who invaded who ?, “said Menaker.
The Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Secretary of State Pratikno, Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi, Minister of Employment Hanif Dhakiri, Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita, and Head of Investment Coordinating Board Thomas Lembong. (DND / RSF / RAH / EN)