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Indonesia secures US$22.8b of funds from UAE

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The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will invest US$22.8 billion in Indonesia through a sovereign wealth fund being set up by President Joko Widodo as the South-east Asian nation seeks to finance several infrastructure and energy projects.

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THE United Arab Emirates (UAE) will invest US$22.8 billion in Indonesia through a sovereign wealth fund being set up by President Joko Widodo as the South-east Asian nation seeks to finance several infrastructure and energy projects.

The UAE plans to invest in building Indonesia's new capital and also develop properties in Aceh province, the cabinet secretariat said in a statement, citing Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Pandjaitan. The investment agreements, also covering sectors from energy and telecommunications, were signed during Mr Joko's visit to Abu Dhabi, where the Indonesian president also met Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The Arab economy joins SoftBank Group and the US International Development Finance Corporation as investors keen to participate in the sovereign fund that will fund toll roads, ports and petrochemical projects in Indonesia.

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Mr Joko, now in his second and final term, has pledged to double down on an ambitious infrastructure building programme that will require more than US$400 billion in the next five years to modernise the archipelago of more than 260 million.

Mr Joko's visit also saw the signing of 16 agreements between the two countries, including 11 deals in the areas of oil and gas, petrochemicals, ports and telecommunications. He also invited the crown prince to join the steering board to build Indonesia's new capital, according to the statement.

The bilateral relations between the two countries could be further strengthened, Mr Joko's office cited the crown prince as saying in a statement. "We can start a new era of closer relations between the two countries," he said.

Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and Mubadala Investment were among UAE companies which signed agreements with Indonesian firms last year to explore investment opportunities from sectors raging from oil and gas, ports and tourism. BLOOMBERG