Jakarta: President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo has officially appointed Mahendra Siregar as Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs.
He will assist Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi in the next five years. He previously served as Indonesian Ambassador to the United States.
The former deputy minister of trade was summoned by President Joko Widodo this morning. The two discussed about international issues during the meeting.
“During the meeting, he also highlighted the importance to increase investment promotion and trade," Mahendra told journalists after the meeting.
According to Mahendra, the President appointed him to synergize with the Commerce Ministry and the Board for Investment Coordination (BKPM). The President wants to increase investment by simplifying regulations.
He also said that he was asked to facilitate the national palm oil industry at the international level. The President sees palm oil has a lotf of potentials.
“The exportation of palm oil can increase to more than $25 billion," he said.
He also added that he was instructed to promote Indonesia as the biggest market where the investment return can be higher. Besides that, the President also wants to improve trade relations with other countries. (Translator: Muhammad Gestinev)