New Jakarta governor looking forward to working with Taipei

Anies Baswedan, Jakarta's newly inaugurated governor, expresses hope Monday of working with Taipei in the areas of trade and international issues. (CNA)

JAKARTA (CNA) – Jakarta’s newly inaugurated governor, Anies Baswedan, expressed hope Monday of working with Taipei in the areas of trade and international issues.

The governor, who was sworn in that day, said during an interview with CNA that his team will continue to engage in international cooperation, especially in the economic arena, with other cities in East Asia.

Jakarta hopes to have exchanges with Taipei so that Jakarta- Taipei collaboration can increase interaction and cooperation between Taiwan and Indonesia, Baswedan said.

Baswedan, who ran his mayoral campaign on a platform of reform, innovation and justice, said that his first task after his inauguration is to bridge the divide between the different factions in the country’s capital.

“We hope that this city can come together, and that the people of this city can feel a sense of unity,” he said.

Baswedan is a highly respected leader in Indonesia, having previously served as minister of education and culture and as rector of the country’s Paramadina University.

By Jay Chou and Kuan-lin Liu