Brussel, MINA – The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Brussels held a preparatory meeting to explore trade agreements (Pre Bussines Matching) in agriculture on Wednesday.
The meeting was held to build communication regarding opportunities for business cooperation among actors, especially the Indonesian diaspora who are entrepreneurs in agricultural commodities.
The online event was opened by Sulaiman Syarif, Deputy Chief of Mission (DCM) of the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels, which in his remarks hoped that the meeting could increase exports of Indonesia’s superior commodities, especially agricultural commodities to foreign countries.
In addition, the opening of cargo flights from Jakarta to Luxembourg twice a week should be optimized to deliver Indonesian products.
Similar to DCM’s remarks, Director for International Cooperation of the Ministry of Agriculture of Indonesia, Ade Candradijaya also conveyed appreciation of the event and promoted that the network could go along with online platform of Agrindotrade which is now being developed by the ministry.
The platform can support the supply side of the network.
Meanwhile, the Agricultural Attache of the Indonesian Embassy in Brussels, Arief Rachman, also presented a map of the export potential of Indonesian agricultural products in the European Union and plans to create demand for these products.
The meeting was also attended by importers of Indonesian plantation and agricultural products in the European Union, including Eastern Pearl, Raharja Alam Nusantara, Heins Co, thecanningtea and several other companies.
The products that have been routinely sent to the European Union are tea, coffee, and spices.
On the occasion of the meeting, communication was established between consumers of Indonesian products in Luxembourg who work as a chef, Lansya.
She conveyed about the need for native Indonesian vegetables and fruit and the opportunity for Indonesian food restaurants apart from other agricultural products. One of the products that consumers are waiting for today is organic rice from Indonesia.
The activity is planned to be carried out routinely and in the near future it is hoped that the EU Agricultural Business Diaspora Association (ASDITANI-EU) will become a forum for all importers of Indonesian products in the European Union.
This event was also attended by representative of Bank of Indonesia in London who supports this idea and will promote some Indonesian bank offices in London to join the network, in particular to support the funding matter. (T/RE1)
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)