Taiwan, Indonesia should strengthen cooperation: Indonesian envoy

Taiwan and Indonesia are economically complementary to each other and should strengthen their cooperation, a special envoy of Indonesian President Joko Widodo said Thursday.

Ang Tjeon Ming (???), founder of Jakarta-based Mayapada Group, who visited Taiwan earlier this week, told CNA that Indonesia began trading with Taiwan earlier than it did with China, and that it is reasonable for high-paying Taiwan to cooperate with Indonesia, which provides huge low-cost labor resources.

He said Taiwan has taken the right path by launching its "New Southbound Policy" targeting Southeast Asian countries.

Possible areas of economic cooperation between Taiwan and Indonesia include fishery, finance, manufacturing, medicine, technology and tourism, he said.

According to the business tycoon, Jokowi attaches great importance to Taiwan and is willing to receive every investor from Taiwan.

Although Indonesia has sped up the processing of foreign investment applications, however, more needs to be done to attract foreign investors, especially helping them to find the "right partners," he said.

Ang said he is planning to set up a "Taiwan Desk" in Indonesia to help Taiwanese investors deal with any problems and disputes they might encounter.

Also, Ang said, he will provide NT$100 million (US$3.2 million) to support training programs for Taiwanese young people and promote exchanges with their Indonesian counterparts.

On his recent visit to Taiwan, Ang said he met with President Tsai Ing-wen (???) and they discussed issues concerning bilateral cooperation on medical and health services, agriculture and shipbuilding.

He described Tsai as a sincere and humble leader, and urged the people of Taiwan to support her and give her more time to deal with the problems facing the country.

The 64-year-old tycoon of Chinese descent, who is also known by his Indonesian name of Tahir, was appointed in 2014 by Jokowi as his special envoy to Taiwan.

In 2015, he was ranked by Forbes as Indonesia's 10th-richest person, with an estimated net worth of US$2 billion.

Currently, the Mayapada Group and its subsidiaries operate businesses that range from financial services, to the property, hospital, media and retail sectors. The group also owns and operates duty-free shops in Jakarta and Bali.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel