Indonesia’s Ambassador to Fiji says many opportunities remain untapped by the two countries, reports Pacnews.
Ambassador Aidil Chandra Salim says while Indonesia continues to extend technical cooperation and assistance to the Pacific including Fiji, the value of their bilateral trade in 2010 was US$17.8 million.
“This is still very small compared to our potential and therefore there are many opportunities to increase this,” he says.
The Fiji Times reports the Ambassador as saying Fiji’s business owners should consider importing products such as rubber, chemical products, palm oil and furniture from Indonesia.
He says Fiji commonly imports these products from Australia and New Zealand at greater costs.
“I think you can do more than this, because your trade with other countries are quite big, why not Indonesia?” Ambassador Salim says.
Ambassador Salim says more than 50 Fijians have participated in Indonesian capacity building trainings including agriculture, fishery, energy, Indonesian language, batik making, and bamboo handicraft in recent years.
Indonesia’s total import from Fiji in 2010 stood in excess of US$1m while Fiji’s total imports from Indonesia last year were worth over US$16.8m.