Jokowi Discusses Infrastructure Funding, Shariah Banking with Islamic Development Bank

President Joko Widodo has laid out his invitation for increased foreign investment in Indonesia before the Islamic Development Bank, which already has sizeable interests in the country. Joko, on a tour of the Middle East, met with Jeddah-based IDB president Ahmad Mohamed Ali to discuss a wide range of topics, from ways to finance infrastructure projects and increase investment by Middle East countries into Indonesia, to expanding the nation’s Islamic banking industry. The IDB currently finances nearly $4.2 billion in development projects in Indonesia. The group is also processing a member-country partnership strategy with Indonesia for the 2015-2019 period.