Indonesia to help Gambia prepare for 2018 OIC Summit

Foreign minister in Indonesia

Indonesia has responded positively to the selection of Gambia as the host country for the 2018 Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) Summit, conveying its readiness to help the African country strengthen its capacity on protocols in preparation for the event.

Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi highlighted Indonesia’s commitment to strengthen cooperation with the West African country, especially in the field of agriculture and other developmental fields, during a bilateral meeting with Gambian Foreign Minister Neneh Gaye on the sidelines of the OIC summit in Jakarta on Sunday.

Neneh said that during the meeting, Gambia also confirmed its readiness to host the 2nd Joint Commission meeting between Indonesia and Gambia.

The exact date of the meeting has not yet been decided, she added.

“We are looking forward to it. Hopefully, we can set an exact date for the meeting soon,” said Neneh, who spoke to journalists after her closed-door meeting with Retno.

The Gambian minister further revealed that she had met with officials from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce to strengthen economic relations with Indonesia.

Neneh added that both countries had the potential to develop stronger commercial exchanges through the presence of more businesses and investors from Gambia in Indonesia.

She expressed the hope that Indonesia would also commit to investing more in Gambia.

Both ministers also agreed to “enhance and build” people-to-people relations.

Source: The Jakarta Post

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