Over recent years Indonesia has been steadily increasing its engagement in the Pacific Islands region with bilateral agreements with several Pacific Island countries.
However, for the first time next month, the emerging South East Asian economic powerhouse is making a concerted effort to partner with Pacific Island countries in trade, investment, tourism and cultural projects.
Toward this end Indonesia is hosting an expo and a business and investment forum at the Skycity Convention Centre in downtown Auckland on 12 and 13 July. The event’s focus is on Pacific Island countries and particularly on the Small Island Developing States (SIDS).
Pacific Trade Invest (PTI) has been invited to the event and Manuel Valdez, Chief Investment Officer, will be speaking and participating in a panel discussion on 12 July. The title for the panel discussion is ‘Boosting Trade and Investment through Empowering and Globalising Small and Medium Enterprises in the South Pacific Region,’ Mr Valdez said.
The Embassy of Indonesia in Wellington in collaboration with Kamar Dagang Dan Industri Indonesia (The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry), abbreviated as KADIN, have collaborated to organise the event.
To popularise the event, the Embassy had participated in PTI NZ’s Path to Market event at The Cloud in Auckland in April this year. H.E. Tantowi Yahya, Ambassador of Indonesia to New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga and First Secretary Panca Hendarto were present at The Cloud and interacted with visitors and PTI NZ staff, answering questions about the July event.
“This first Pacific Exposition is a trade, investment, tourism, and cultural event, designed to facilitate the Pacific Islands countries in promoting their economic opportunities. The exhibition aims to increase business opportunities and to develop networks for Pacific business communities,” Mr Hendarto said.
Eighteen countries have confirmed their participation at the event that includes an expo and a forum. Besides the Pacific Island countries, Indonesia and Timor Leste will also be represented.
While some 200 attendees are expected to participate in the forums, the expo hopes to draw more than 10,000 people.
The broad theme for the Business Forum is ‘Fostering Trade and Investment Partnerships in the Pacific Region through Better Connectivity, Market Integration and Infrastructure Development’.
As well as speeches and panel discussions, the forum will comprise business matching, art performances and several cultural events. Themes that will be showcased will be on Tourism, Business and Investment.
The business forum aims to “Provide an open and constructive dialogue among relevant stakeholders such as business communities, governments, and tourism authorities on the issues of connectivity, market integration, and infrastructure,” Mr Hendarto said.
It is aimed at increasing business opportunities and developing networks for business communities, governments, and tourism authorities in the Pacific.
“This first Pacific Exposition is the first step towards connecting goods and people of the Pacific and Southeast Asia.
“The idea is to also explore trade and investment opportunities in the Pacific and to provide a platform that facilitates business meetings between Indonesia and the Pacific business communities,” he added.
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