Hong Kong and Indonesia have signed 15 non-binding agreements covering a range of sectors, including green finance, maritime services, meteorology, aerospace, and the promotion of sustainable finance, as Hong Kong leader John Lee touted the importance of Asean ties to buffer against economic headwinds.
During a visit to Jakarta, Lee met with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and witnessed the signing of the agreements, which were aimed at strengthening cooperation between the two countries.
Lee said that he saw "eye to eye" with Widodo on the importance of cooperation, and that he believed that the agreements would help to promote economic development and create new opportunities for both countries.
The agreements signed between the two countries included a memorandum of understanding on green finance, which aims to promote environmentally-friendly financial practices and infrastructure projects.
Other agreements focused on areas such as maritime services, meteorology, and aerospace, which are key sectors for both Hong Kong and Indonesia.
The signing of the agreements took place against the backdrop of a challenging economic climate, with both Hong Kong and Indonesia facing headwinds from the ongoing COVID
-19 pandemic and broader global economic uncertainty.
However, Lee remained optimistic about the potential for cooperation between the two countries, and emphasized the importance of Asean ties in promoting economic development and creating new opportunities.
"Hong Kong and Indonesia have a long history of cooperation, and I believe that these agreements will help to strengthen our ties and create new opportunities for both countries," said Lee.
"I look forward to continuing to work with President Widodo and his team to promote economic development and create a brighter future for our peoples." The signing of the agreements is the latest in a series of efforts by Hong Kong and Indonesia to strengthen their economic and cultural ties.
In recent years, the two countries have signed a number of agreements covering areas such as trade, investment, and education, and have taken steps to boost cultural exchange and people-to-people ties.
Overall, the signing of the 15 agreements between Hong Kong and Indonesia is seen as a significant step forward in the deepening of ties between the two countries