Jakarta: Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Airlangga Hartarto has stated the Asian Development Bank (ADB) is committed to supporting Indonesia's development priorities.
According to the minister, Indonesia is a shareholder country that also has a large contribution to the regional financial institution.
“The ADB is committed to continuing to help Indonesia in education sector, accelerated investment, and sustainability,” the minister was quoted by the Cabinet Secretariat's official website.
The ADB has also encouraged Indonesia to play a role, particularly in South-South cooperation, including the BIMP-EAGA (Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) and the IMT-GT (Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle).
“Other countries can learn from Indonesia regarding public policy, one of which is related to accelerated infrastructure. And 2 percent of the ADB staff and experts are from Indonesia,” Airlangga was quoted as saying.
On Tuesday, March 3, 2020, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa met with Indonesian President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo to discuss an expansion of ADB support for the country’s development priorities in areas such as human capital development, infrastructure connectivity, and climate change, through sovereign lending, knowledge support, private sector operations, and transaction advisory services.
During the meeting, the ADB leader commended President Jokowi’s effort to enhance the business environment, attract investment, and promote quality jobs.
On the same day, Asakawa and Vice Minister of Finance Suahasil Nazara today launched a book, Indonesia and the Asian Development Bank: Fifty Years of Partnership.