Indonesia says that it is more than ready to cooperate and boost Africa's economic recovery following the devastating Covid-19 pandemic.
Speaking during the Journalist Visit Program (JVP) 2021 for Africa and Indonesia which was held last week virtually and running under the theme - Cooperation Overview on Infrastructure, Transport and Health Industry, Ambassador Teuku Faizasyah Director General for Information and Public Diplomacy said that Indonesia is optimistic about the future Africa.
"Africa is a growing continent with many economic potentials. According to the McKinsey Global Institute, the economy of the African region grew by 3.3% in 2010-2015, but due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic and similarly with other countries around the world, Africa experienced economic contraction to minus 2.4% in 2020.
"Realistically speaking, there is no country can escape the devastating economic impact from the Covid-19. Having said that, Indonesia is ready to work together with our friends in Africa to ensure that together we can mitigate this hard time so that our economy can rebound soon," said Ambassador Faizasyah.
Ambassador Faizasyah also explained the historical connection between Indonesia and Africa stating that the dreams shared goes beyond the goals of Bandung Conference in 1955.
"I have a strong conviction that a solid partnership between Indonesia and the African Region is needed even more. We need to work together in overcoming the current challenges and to address various risk, in anticipation of possible future crisis.
"Therefore, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the state-owned enterprises stand ready to collaborate with the Government and other stakeholders in the African countries to pursue our common endeavours, especially in economic sectors," explained Ambassador Faizasyah.
Various Indonesian state-owned companies such as Bio Farma (Vaccine & Antisera manufacturer), Kimia Farma (Pharmaceutical Company) and Indonesia Eximbank made presentations supporting the Africa-Indonesia cooperation
The Journalist Visit Program was established in 2007 focusing on strengthening Indonesia's Diplomacy and Cooperation through media engagement with the national and foreign journalists.
This year marked the 14th JVP with the last JVP having been conducted in 2019, just before the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world.