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From the Ambassador's Blog: Kiwi business interest in Indonesia blossoms

Indonesian Ambassador HE Agus Sriyono and New Zealand Ambassador David Taylor meeting in Wellington recently

Newest entry from the Ambassador's blog (http://blogs.mfat.govt.nz/david-taylor/):

I recently spent a fortnight in New Zealand. This was not only a good opportunity to enjoy the brilliant late summer weather in Wellington, Dunedin and Auckland, but also a chance to connect with a wide range of businesses with interests in Indonesia.

There is certainly growing interest in deepening trade and business ties, evidenced by plans for a major business mission by the ASEAN New Zealand Combined Business Council in May 2013, with a focus on sectors including food and beverage, aviation, education, tourism and geothermal cooperation. This visit will also involve the Indonesia New Zealand Council, Indonesian trade bodies, and the New Zealand Embassy team.

In addition, we are pleased to welcome here in early March a visit by over 30 New Zealand tourism operators and a substantial education mission in mid- month. These initiatives reflect the considerable work underway to boost education and tourism links with Indonesia.

And KPMG have just produced an excellent new introduction to investment in Indonesia for New Zealand business. Contact kpmg.com/id for a copy.

Both the business and education missions will strike out beyond Jakarta. The business mission aims to get to Bandung, Surabaya and Bali while the education group are also visiting Medan and Surabaya. That’s fantastic!  New Zealand business needs to get better known across Indonesia and create new partnerships, particularly in the important secondary centres in the country.

My Indonesian colleague Anbassador Agus Sriyono and I spoke at a seminar for ASEAN New Zealand Combined Council members in Auckland, both echoing the theme that there is strong potential to deepen trade and investment connections between New Zealand and Indonesia in both directions. We also stressed the importance President Yudhoyono and Prime Minister Key attach to achieving better results for business. Agus welcomed plans to engage beyond Jakarta, highlighting Makassar in South Sulawesi as another centre that kiwi businesses should get to know. I’d add Balikpapan, Jayapura, Jogjakarta, Banda Aceh, Palembang, Padang, Pekanbaru, Semarang, Solo, and Manado as cities where there are niche opportunities for business. No doubt there are others.

Now that we have a full time resident Trade Commissioner once again, with the arrival of Tim Anderson earlier in the year, and moves underway to strenghten his team, the forthcoming missions offer great opportunities to bring a fresh focus to business ties in Indonesia in key sectors. Tim comes from a successful legal practice in Wellington and earlier in his career lived for some years in Jakarta. Welcome aboard!

Over the next few months – and of course well beyond that! – we look forward to working with existing business partners in Indonesia and developing new friendships around trade, investment, education and touirsm. This is a two-way process, so I hope we’ll see Indonesian missions visiting New Zealand soon.

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