InfoSAWIT, SANTIAGO – Indonesia and Chile has come to the new era by making bilateral trade through the signing of Indonesia-Chile Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IC-CEPA). Secretary of Trade, Enggartiasto Lukita advantaged the moment by promoting Indonesia, such as, by launching Touristic Bus within special design to make tour in Santiago, Chile.
Chile is one country having the best economy in the region. It is strategic and has longest shore line. It is a the right hub for the products of Indonesia to Latin America, namely through Valparaiso port. Valparaiso is the strategic port that is being improved and repaired to increase the capacity. “This is a chance to get,” he said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT, Monday (18/12/2017).
The other chance is through the biggest milk company in Chile Cooperativa Agricola y Lechera de La Union Ltda (Colun), through the direct investment in Indonesia. “Colun wants to sell its product in Indonesia. I offered the company to invest in Indonesia so that the trade between both countries could be better,” he said.
The signing of the cooperation, IC-CEPA would be the bridge and enclose the economy of Indonesia that might be not potential and has expensive logistic costs. “For having the better market, the trade in both countries would increase,” he said.
Potential Transaction US$ 735 thousand
In the trade mission to Chile, Ministry of Trade and Embassy of Indonesia in Santiago, Chile, Indonesia Trade Promotion Center Santiago, Direcon, Ministry of External Affairs, Chile, SOFOFA did Business Forum by proposing the theme “Strengthening Indonesia – Chile Bilateral Trade Relations”.
“The potential of transaction that the businessmen of Indonesia in the trade mission might be about US$ 735.000,” General Director of National Export Development, Ministry of Trade, Arlinda said.
The event was attended by about 150 participants from related instances, such as, Ministry of External Affairs, Chile; Ministry of Economy and Tourism, Chile; Asia Pacific Chambers; Santiago Chambers; Business Association; Businessmen and Importers, Chile; Prochile; ASEAN Trade Attaches; and the ambassadors of ASEAN in Chile.
The trade mission to Chile also took 7 business delegations of Indonesia, they were, Indonesian Palm Oil Association, Indonesian Biodiesel Producers Association, PT Wilmar International, CV. Home Fashion, Lembaga Pembiayaan Ekspor Indonesia (LPEI), PT Sentra Surya Ekajaya, and Palm oil Plantation Fund Management Agency (PFMA).
They did one-on-one business matching with 37 companies in Chile from palm oil and derivative sectors, furniture and decoration, stakeholders. They also visited the snack producer, Carozzi which is one biggest snack producer in Latin America since 1898.
“The other discussion in the trade mission was the chance and challenge after IC-CEPA with the importers of Chile so it could be advantaged wee by the stakeholders,” Arlinda said. (T2)