Thursday, September 23, 2010


       Jakarta, Sept. 23, 2010 (ANTARA) - The Indonesian government wants to see a more-than double increase in its bilateral trade with Turkey over the next few years , the new Indonesian ambassador to Turkey said.
      "Bilateral trade between Indonesia and Turkey reached US$2.1 billion in 2008, and is expected to rise to around US$5 billion in the next few years," Indonesian Ambassador-designate to Turkey Nahari Agustini said here Thursday before leaving for Ankara.

      The bilateral trade value declined to US$1.2 in 2009, mainly due to global financial crisis. Indonesia has enjoyed trade surpluses with Turkey, except in 2008.
       "Good thing that Turkey is also very eager to intensify bilateral ties with Indonesia. Certainly, it will help me in trying to achieve the targets," the ambassador designate said.
       Indonesia`s exports to Turkey include teakwood and rattan furniture, wood products, oilplam, coconut, plastic and plastic products, and paper.
     Its main imports from Turkey are among other things tobacco, marble, heavy equipment and spare parts, carpets, leather, textiles, and wool.
       Indonesia will offer a lucrative investment policy package to attract more Turkish investors to do business in Indonesia, especially in the sectors of infrastructure, technology, and energy development, according to Nahari.

In the tourism sector, the Indonesian embassy in Ankara will boost Indonesian art and cultural mission visits, tourism promotion activities and encourage cooperation with Turkish travel industry, she said. Indonesia received 2,441 Turkish tourists in 2007.

Besides, the ambassador-designate also determined to implement a number of Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) signed by the two nations, especially during President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono`s visit to Turkey, June 28-July 1, 2010, to concrete actions.

Indonesia also plans to open a consulate general in Istanbul next year, according to Nahari, Indonesia`s first female ambassador to Turkey.

Nahari Agustini, who graduated from the Law Faculty of the University of Indonesia (UI), has joined the Indonesian foreign ministry since 1984.

Her previous posts included attache in the Indonesian embassy in Paris (France), first secretary in the Indonesian embassy in Bonn (Germany), counselor in the Indonesian embassy in Tunis (Tunisia) dan consul general in Marseille (France). ***1***

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