Indonesia, UAE sign $23bn worth of business deals

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo talks to Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed during a meeting at the presidential palace in Bogor, Indonesia, July 24, 2019. (Reuters)
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Updated 13 January 2020

Indonesia, UAE sign $23bn worth of business deals

  • President Joko Widodo witnessed the signing of the deals with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed during an official visit to Abu Dhabi
  • Widodo, who began his second term in office in October, is keen for an increase in foreign investment to help create jobs and boost growth

JAKARTA: Indonesia signed 11 business deals with the United Arab Emirates worth a combined 314.9 trillion rupiah ($23 billion) covering investment in energy and other sectors, President Joko Widodo said on Monday.
Widodo witnessed the signing of the deals with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed over the weekend during an official visit to Abu Dhabi, the Indonesian president said in a tweet.
Widodo, who began his second term in office in October, is keen for an increase in foreign investment to help create jobs and boost growth in Southeast Asia’s biggest economy, where economic growth has hovered at around 5% for several years.
In the petrochemical and gas sectors, Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) signed deals with Indonesian companies PT Pertamina and PT Chandra Asri Petrochemicals , UAE state news agency WAM reported.
It said they included an agreement for ADNOC to supply 528,000 tons of liquid petroleum gas (LPG) to Pertamina by the end of 2020.
Pertamina and ADNOC signed a memorandum of understanding to explore the potential development of a petrochemicals complex in Balongan, West Java, ADNOC said in a statement on Monday.
The agreements with the Indonesian firms “will potentially help ADNOC to secure in-market presence in one of Southeast Asia’s fastest-growing economies,” Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber, UAE Minister of State and ADNOC Group CEO, said in the statement.
Widodo said five agreements were also signed between the governments. They covered education, health, agriculture and counter-terrorism, according to Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi.
Widodo and the crown prince also discussed a plan to establish a sovereign wealth fund, said Indonesia’s Coordinating Minister for Maritime and Investment Affairs, Luhut Pandjaitan.
Japan’s Softbank and the US International Development Finance Corp. (IDFC) were also interested in taking part in the fund, a statement from Pandjaitan said.
The UAE would be able to use the fund to invest in the development of Indonesia’s proposed new capital in East Kalimantan province on Borneo island.
It is also interested in investing in a property development in Aceh province on the island of Sumatra, Pandjaitan said.


Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation fell to 4.2% in July

Updated 10 August 2020

Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation fell to 4.2% in July

  • Month on month inflation has increased in Egypt over the past month

CAIRO: Egypt’s annual urban consumer price inflation fell to 4.2% in July from 5.6% in June, the central statistics agency CAPMAS said on Monday.
Month on month inflation increased to 0.4% in July from 0.1% in June, the agency said.