Indonesia to further enhance trade, tourism ties with Brunei

Wani Roslan

Indonesia has produced quality products recognised by the world market, ranging from arts and crafts to technology-intensive goods.

This was underlined by Indonesian Ambassador to Brunei Darussalam Dr Sujatmiko during the inauguration of the ‘Remarkable Indonesia Expo 2019’ at the Atrium of the Times Square Shopping Centre yesterday. “Beside manufactured products, the exhibition specifically gives the opportunity for Indonesian MSMEs to promote their products directly to prospective buyers in Brunei. We also encourage them to directly explore partnerships with local business people,” he said.

Highlighting the efforts to increase trade and tourism ties between Brunei Darussalam and Indonesia, Dr Sujatmiko explained that one of the keys is in improving connectivity. “Through coordination with various parties and an active approach, the Indonesian Embassy in Brunei Darussalam is striving to speed up the realisation of opening Indonesia-Brunei sea cargo including by conducting a seminar and business meeting in which representatives from PT PELNI, the largest shipping company of Indonesia, and Trade Chamber of Indonesia will meet shipping operators and local businessmen,” he explained.

Guest of honour, Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad officiated.

The ceremony was enlivened with traditional dance performance from West Sumatra. Heads of representatives of foreign countries and local business figures also attended.

The exhibition began yesterday and continues until tomorrow. It features 18 booths of handicrafts, pearl jewellery, batik dresses and accessories, home decorations, kaftans, food, footwear, makeup and body care, and travel tour packages to Indonesia.

A seminar themed ‘Towards Indonesia Brunei Direct Sea Cargo Line: Opportunities Ahead’ will be held at The Rizqun International Hotel today.

ABOVE & BELOW: Legislative Council member Yang Berhormat Haji Abdul Hamid @ Sabli bin Haji Arshad officiates the expo; and a dance performance at the event. PHOTOS: WANI ROSLAN