17 November 2014
Indonesia to increase naval shipbuilding collaboration with France and Germany (photo : DCNS)
Indonesia has outlined its intention to increase naval shipbuilding collaboration with France and Germany as part of the southeast Asian country's continuing drive to become a modern maritime power.
Indonesia's state news agency Antara reported on 16 November that President Joko Widodo met separately with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Markel at the G20 Leaders Summit in Australia to discuss maritime industrial co-operation.
Cabinet Secretary Andi Widjajanto said Indonesia and France had agreed to establish a working group to explore areas of shipbuilding collaboration. With regards to Germany, he added that industrial links would continue in the land systems sector but that "in the wider defence industry both sides will co-operate on what can be done within the maritime [sector]".