President Jokowi to Meet Elon Musk at WWF

According to reporting from Antara News, Indonesia’s Communication and Informatics Minister, Budi Arie Setiadi, has announced that President Jokowi will meet Elon Musk during the 10th World Water Forum (WWF) in Bali.

“He (Elon Musk) wants to meet the president in Bali,” Setiadi said when met after the opening of the 11th National Conference of the Indonesian Telematics Society (MASTEL) in Bali on Wednesday (15/5/24.)

Minister Setiadi did not divulge details regarding the issues that the president will discuss with the owner of the Starlink satellite network. “Let us wait for the president’s conversation with Elon Musk,” he noted.

Setiadi said that the Communication and Informatics Ministry will discuss further about opportunities for potential cooperation between the Indonesian government and Starlink services in a future working meeting, reports Antara News.

“We will also discuss Starlink in a working meeting in Bogor, West Java, concerning our sovereignty, whether Starlink is beneficial or not, or how we should protect our ecosystem,” he said.

Antara News reports that Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan said in a previous report that President Jokowi and Elon Musk will launch the Starlink service in Indonesia during the 10th WWF in Nusa Dua, Bali.

“The president and Elon Musk will inaugurate Starlink that will facilitate communication in remote areas. This will be done on Sunday (May 19),” he said.

Pandjaitan confirmed that Elon Musk will be present in Bali as one of the speakers at the 10th WWF. “Musk is invited as a public speaker at the opening of the 10th World Water Forum,” he said.

Currently, Starlink’s licensing status in Indonesia is said to have met the operating feasibility test, which means the company already has a license as a telecommunications operator in Indonesia, say Antara News.

Source: Antara News

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