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Indonesia Trade Ministry Holds Export Development Cooperation Forum

Indonesia Trade Ministry Holds Export Development Cooperation Forum (kemendag)

BOGOR, NNCTowards the end of the year, the Indonesia Ministry of Trade--through the Directorate General of National Export Development--have conducted monitoring and evaluation of work partners both at home and abroad. The evaluation is conducted to strengthen the cooperation between the Ministry of Trade and its business partners. This activity was manifested in the form of an "Export Development Cooperation Forum" held in Bogor, West Java on Monday (10/12).

In this forum, the partners and project implementers present were the Japan Trade External Organization (JETRO), the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC), state-owned mining company Aneka Tambang (IDX:ANTM), the Indonesian Export Financing Agency (LPEI), the Swiss Import Promotion Program (SIPPO), Import Promotion German Desk (IPD), and Canadian Trade And Private Sector Assistance (TPSA).

In addition, there are several other partners such as the import promotion center for developing countries (CBI) in the Netherlands and Wakayama Perfecture, Japan.

"Through this forum, the implementation of activities that have been carried out jointly by each partner during the year, as well as planned activities in the next year," Marolop Nainggolan, Director General of Export Development at the PEN Directorate.

Marolop said that the Directorate General of National Export Development and its partners have implemented various programs such as mentoring activities with business people, trade mission activities, purchase missions, domestic and foreign exhibition facilitation. In addition, there are also capacity building activities for stakeholders in increasing exports through workshops, seminars, and various trainings.

"With the holding of this forum, it is expected to provide an understanding of the efforts of the Directorate General of National Export Development and partners in increasing national exports," Marolop said, in a press release on Tuesday (11/12/2018).

According to Marolop, in addition to providing information, in this forum DG PEN sought to gather input from beneficiaries. This is so that in the future the cooperation can run optimally and on target.

Given the large number of working partners of the Directorate General of National Export Development and the focus of activities that are quite diverse, so there are slices of activity in several sectors and products of concern. "The purpose of this forum is to provide opportunities for partners to communicate with each other and work together to avoid duplication of activities," he said.

In this forum, the work achievements of the Directorate General of National Export Development and its partners were revealed in contributing to the development of national exports. For example, with Canada through the TPSA Project. From this collaboration, Indonesia exports coffee worth USD 6.5 million in 2017 and 2018. In addition, the TPSA project has educated as many as 16 entrepreneurs and at the same time has produced various guidelines for business actors such as "Guide to Entering the Canadian Market" and "Guidelines for International Exhibition".

Meanwhile, cooperation with Germany was carried out through the IPD program. Indonesian light wood products, namely sengon which was initially considered to be worthless wood, can be lifted by the use of technology so that it becomes a high value material. One of them is material for transportation and quality building materials.

For the facilitation of the Directorate General of National Export Development and IPD, in 2017, through the Interzum exhibition in Cologne Germany, Indonesian businessmen received an export demand of USD 22.5 million. Furthermore, the German IPD facilitates the mission of purchasing European companies to the East Java and Central Java regions which are industrial centers made from sengon wood.

With Japan, the cooperation is conducted through JETRO. Various Indonesian creative products made it into the Japanese market. In addition, several Indonesian design products that were the winners of the Good Design Indonesia (GDI) event had the opportunity to take part in international competitions and get the Good Design (G-mark Japan) award.

Marolop also said, as a follow-up to this forum, it was agreed to provide data / information that included achievements and results of cooperation along with a list of beneficiaries from all work partners. In addition to avoiding overlap, the data barn can facilitate the Directorate General of National Export Development and partners to carry out further monitoring and evaluation.