| Siti Hajar |
INDONESIAN President Joko Widodo will arrive in Brunei Darussalam today on a two-day visit during which he will meet His Majesty the Sultan and Yang Di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam and discuss key issues including bolstering of mutual economic cooperation.
The Indonesian president’s visit to Brunei is expected to add spark to the already robust relationship between the Sultanate and the region’s biggest nation with more plans in the works under the republic’s latest government administration.
The visit of the Indonesian leader to Brunei is anticipated to explore a wide range of topics to include trade as well as investment as part of the president’s priorities in aiding the growth of Indonesia’s economy, said Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Nurul Qomar in an interview yesterday.
Much like the topics discussed in neighbouring Malaysia where the president just concluded his state visit, the status of rights of Indonesians working overseas, including those residing in Brunei, could also be a potential talking point in the meeting between the leaders of the region’s leading Islamic countries.
“The issue of the rights of Indonesians is indeed our issue because they belong to our community and as Indonesian workers are the largest among foreign workers in Brunei, we are looking towards establishing some form of understanding or agreement between the two governments”, to better protect the rights of Indonesians in Brunei, explained Nurul Qomar.
The initial steps in securing the well-being of Indonesian workers in the country, she added, has already been made with the first meeting held in the country while the second meeting is anticipated to take place in Indonesia once a proper time frame is established.
Over the next two days, Brunei will be abuzz with activity on a political and bilateral landscape with the visit of President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi. This is his first trip to Asean member states to get acquainted with leaders in the region.
As part of the president’s five-year plan, the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei is looking towards establishing projects in the areas of maritime connectivity where the governments of Asean, including Brunei, will be invited to invest in this forward looking vision. In the meantime, bilateral trade between Brunei and Indonesia will continue to flourish, the ambassador said.
Tomorrow, the president is scheduled visit the Indonesian Embassy where randomly-selected members of the Indonesian community will have a chance to meet with their newly-elected leader.