Jakarta: Indonesian Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto reiterated the significance of collaborating with Indian businesses to step up trade between the two countries.
The statement was delivered during a meeting with the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI) in New Delhi.
"India is one of the biggest and important trade partners for Indonesia. Collaboration is not only needed with the Government of India but also with business actors to increase trade between the two countries," the trade minister noted in a written statement received in Jakarta on Friday, February 21, 2020.
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According to the minister, the leaders of both nations have set a target of boosting bilateral trade to US$50 billion by 2025. The ministry of trade is optimistic of the target being achieved.
"We believe both countries have the opportunity to collaborate and work together, including the hospital and pharmaceutical sectors. India has more advanced technology and knowledge in both sectors. In other sectors, the two countries can collaborate and explore the potential in the blue economy as proposed by the FICCI," he remarked.
At the meeting, the FICCI sought to boost market access for raw crystal sugar products, buffalo meat, dairy products, and rice, among others and reduce trade barriers from Indonesia.
He also invited Indian entrepreneurs to attend the Indonesian Trade Expo. The largest trade exhibition in Indonesia will be held in October at the Indonesia Convention Exhibition (ICE) in Tangerang, Banten. (Antara)