Lusaka – Indonesia is committed to prioritize African countries in its diplomacy. In line with the spirit, the Special Envoy of the President of Indonesia, H.E. N. Hassan Wirajuda, met with the Foreign Minister of Zambia, H.E. Joseph Malanji and the President of Zambia, H.E. Edgar Chagwa Lungu on February 27, 2018 in Lusaka.
The meeting discussed, among others, investment opportunities in infrastructure with President Edgar Lungu directly invited the Government of Indonesia to invest in various infrastructure projects across Zambia. At the moment, PT. Industri Kereta Api (INKA) of Indonesia is negotiating a possible sale of 30 locomotives to Zambia worth around 90 million USD. In addition, PT. Wijaya Karya (WIKA) is also exploring construction project in Zambia including the possibility to join a mini hydropower plant development.
Indonesia’s commitment is also reflected through its plan to organize the first Indonesia-Africa Forum (IAF) which is set to take place on April 10-11, 2018 in Bali. The event will be attended by Ministers and business sector from Africa. The event will witness signing of business agreements which will be implemented immediately. President Edgar Lungu has advised his Foreign Minister and line Ministers to participant in the forum.
Indonesia and Zambia share the same view on the necessity to strengthen cooperation to create peace and security. The two countries will soon conduct technical cooperation between their respective peacekeeping centres.
In regards to Indonesia’s current candidature as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations’ Security Council for 2019-2020, Zambia is confidence that Indonesia will be elected.
Lusaka, 27 February 2018