Washington: The Deputy Trade Minister Jerry Sambuaga believes that the massive amount of Indonesian expatriates living in the United States can help boost Indonesian exports. He hopes that they can help promote Indonesian products.
His statement was delivered during a working visit to increase Indonesia-USA commercial relations in Washington DC. Jerry visited several coffee shops established by Indonesian expatriates.
“Indonesian expatriates are an integral part in the effort to increase Indonesian trade. The massive number of Indonesian expatriates scattered across America will also increase the promotion of Indonesian products,” said Jerry in a written statement released on Friday, November 22, 2019.
Meetings were also held between the Indonesian government and local businesspeople. Indonesia and USA expect the trade value between the two countries to increase to 60 billion dollar in the future.
“Indonesia-USA commercial relation is crucial for both countries, and both countries are committed to reaching the expected trade target between both countries at 60 billion dollar,” he said.
According to the data from the United States International Trade Commission (USITC), in 2018, the trade value between the two countries was recorded at 29 billion dollar.
Out of that number, the Indonesian export value to USA was 20.8 billion dollar while import
value to USA was 8.2 billion dollar.
The working visit is also the build-up to the upcoming visit of the Trade Minister, Agus Suparmanto, which is scheduled to take place in December 2019.
During the visit, Jerry also attended a Business Forum concerning Trade, Tourism and Investment in Indonesia. The Forum was held by the Indonesian Consulate General in New York. (Translator: Muhammad Gestinev)