Ministry calls on companies to sign up for import expo

JAKARTA (The Jakarta Post/ANN) - Indonesian businesses are encouraged to take part in the China International Import Expo in November.

The Trade Ministry has called on Indonesian companies to sign up for the China International Import Expo (CIIE), which will be held in Shanghai from Nov. 5 to 10.

“This is a good opportunity for us. [China] has never organized an exhibition that invites other countries to promote their products,” the ministry's export development director general, Arlinda Imbang Jaya, told representatives of trade associations in Jakarta on Tuesday.

She said Indonesia needed to reduce its US$12.7 billion trade deficit with China.

“The Chinese government has invited over 200 countries and 150,000 potential buyers to participate in the expo.”

The ministry, in partnership with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and the Indonesian Chinese Entrepreneur Association, had already booked 1,000 square meters of exhibition space for the Indonesian delegation, but it was open to order a larger space if more companies wanted to participate, Arlinda added.

Meanwhile, Kadin representatives also voiced their support for the ministry’s call.

“China is the largest market for Indonesian products, so this is a great opportunity for all of us businesspeople to go there to offer our wares,” said Tjoe Sugiharto, the vice secretary-general of Kadin’s China committee.

Wang Liping, the Chinese Embassy’s economic and commercial counselor, said he wanted to see a large Indonesian delegation at the expo, adding that there was still a lot of untapped trade potential between China and Indonesia. “The CIIE 2018 is waiting for our Indonesian friends.”


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