Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum Inaugurates Indonesian Product Corner

Aiming to Expand Market and Increase Exports

Staff Writer

Efforts to promote and expand market access for superior Indonesian products are increasingly being carried out by the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia (KBRI) in Khartoum through various activities to spur and improve the export performance of Indonesian products, one of which is the launch of the Indonesian Product Corner, which is located in the lobby of the Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum. The launch event was attended by the Secretary-General of the Sudanese Union of Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Ms. Wefaq Salah Abdel Aal, and as many as 29 local businessmen representing Sudan’s leading companies that have marketed Indonesian products and the local media.

In his remarks, the Indonesian Ambassador to Sudan, Sunarko, among others conveyed the potential for economic and trade cooperation between Indonesia and Sudan which is quite large and wide-open to be developed. The value of trade between the two countries in 2021 will reach US$ 137 million and needs to be increased in the coming years. “The Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum continues to strive to increase the volume of trade through various programs and activities, including facilitation of business meetings, exhibitions and trade missions as well as the opening of the Indonesian Product Corner as a data center for Indonesian trade, investment and tourism for Sudanese business people,” Ambassador Sunarko said at the opening Indonesian Product Corner on Thursday (12/5).

On the same occasion, the Secretary-General of the Sudanese Union of Chamber of Commerce and Industry welcomed the inauguration of the Indonesian Product Corner. “Sudan business people under the Union of Chamber of Commerce and Industry are ready to disseminate the existence of the Product Corner and help market Indonesian products not only in the Sudanese market but also to coastal countries around Sudan, namely South Sudan, Ethiopia, Central Africa, and Chad,” said Ms. Abdel Aal. On that occasion, Ms. Abdel Aal announced that the Union of Chamber of Commerce and Industry will open an International Trade Exhibition Center in Khartoum. “Indonesia will be the first country to be invited to fill the exhibition center which we will complete in the near future,” he said.

Apart from consumer products, Sudanese businessmen are also interested in the development and progress of various strategic industries in Indonesia, including the railway, shipping, aviation, and construction industries to be able to work in the Sudanese market, which is currently improving the quality of its transportation infrastructure. “The people and government of Sudan also hope that Indonesia can exchange development experiences and economic development in the form of a capacity-building program for Sudan,” he continued.

The event continued with the presentation of Indonesia’s trade, investment, and tourism potential by Hardiyono Kurniawan, Counselor for Economic Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in Khartoum. In addition to information on various potential products and commodities such as CPO, batteries, and batteries as well as other manufactured products, the presentation also describes policy reforms for the ease of doing business and investment through Law No. 11 of 2020 concerning Job Creation and the policy of easing procedures for foreign tourists.​

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