InfoSAWIT, ISTANBUL – Starting the work visit to Turkey, Minister of Trade of Indonesia, Enggartiasto Lukita led the Indonesia – Turkey Business Forum on Thursday (11/7/2019) in Istanbul, Turkey at the local time. The business forum is the commitment of the government to increase the trade and the follow up of the agreement between the two.
“The conducive economy in Indonesia is the chance for the stakeholders in Turkey to make Indonesia as the strategic partner to develop the investment and trade,” Enggartiasto said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT recently.
The business forum was joined by about 90 Turkey and Indonesian stakeholders in crude palm oil (CPO), processed food, pulp and paper, rubber, financial services, tourism, and others.
The trade mission is important for the products from Indonesia, such as, CPO, and tire have the trade barriers in Turkey which made the export value drastically decrease.
In specific, Enggar said that CPO plays important role for Indonesia. “As one main export commodity from Indonesia, CPO plays important role to give employment to the people and solve the poverty issue for about 16,5 million men. It does too to Turkey and other countries, CPO is the cheapest and productive vegetable oil as the competitive material to support other industries,” he said.
Meanwhile the General Consult of Indonesia in Istanbul, Herry Sudradjat said that the trade between the two is potential to be increased. “The products of the two countries complete one to the other so that the chance to develop is open. Besides the main products, such as, CPO, pulp and paper, textile; the other products, such as, tire, thread, and coffee are good too,” Herry said.
In the same day, Minister of Trade also got the Turkey–Indonesia Business Council and some businessmen from Turkey who do defense, flight, renewable energy, CPO, tire, textile, and paper businesses.
The meeting discussed about the issues that the importers faced to the products from Indonesia, such as, high tax tariff in CPO, and tire. The other businessmen in defense, flight, and derivative products of CPO, and textile also did tell the same. (T2)