Economics Minister confirms meeting Indonesia counterpart
Economics Minister John Deng ( ) confirmed that he met with Indonesian Industry Minister Saleh Husin in Taipei when the latter visited the island in March.
Deng said Husin and his entourage called on government officials and business leaders in attempts to woo investment.
However, Deng said that no specific projects were raised during his meeting with Husin and he did not reveal the precise time when the meeting took place.
Although Taipei and Jakarta agreed in a 2012 study of the feasibility of a economic cooperation agreement that such a pact would benefit both sides, no trade talks have taken place thus far, and Deng hinted that it had been put on the back burner by Jakarta, as that country has been preoccupied with economic integration within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.
Deng made the comments after the Tuesday edition of the Jakarta Post reported Husin as having talked about the success of his trip to Taiwan.
The paper cited him as saying that while in Taiwan, he met Taiwanese ministers and CEOs and they committed to invest in Indonesia.
They said Indonesia is the primary destination for their investment and that they will gradually move away from China and Vietnam, Husin was quoted by the paper as saying.
The paper said that Indonesian President Joko “Jokovi” Widodo approved Husin’s trip to Taiwan one week before the president was set to arrive in Beijing for a state visit on March 25.