Washington DC: Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto is confident that Indonesia's manufacturing export performance remains unaffected by the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.
The message was delivered during an "Investment Roundtable on Infrastructure, Energy and Digital Connectivity" discussion at the Indonesian Embassy in Washington DC, the United Sates on Friday, February 14, 2020.
"Imports and exports to and from China are slightly down owing to the movement of people," he stated.
"However, we can see a huge opportunity in this situation, as we can escalate substitute products from China," he added.
According to him, the Indonesian government has temporarily suspended the imports of live animals from or transiting from China.
"However, this is a temporary act until we evaluate that the coronavirus has petered out," he revealed.
The event was also attended by Coordinating Maritime Affairs and Investment Minister Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Communication and Information Johnny G. Plate and Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Mahendra Siregar in addition to several US organizations and businessmen, including the US Development Finance Corporation, the US Chamber of Commerce, and the US-ASEAN Business Council.
"The first sector affected by the outbreak was tourism. As for the industry sector, some are affected, but the impact has not been that much. However, we strive as much as possible to minimize the impact that will occur," Luhut stated.
Currently, Pandjaitan noted that the government is preparing to re-boost exports to China since the country is likely to face a shortage after the coronavirus outbreak.
"The peak may be around March. After the peak, the (outbreak) will probably decline, and we must prepare for exports to China, as I think that is what China needs," the former presidential chief of staff stated. (Antara)