Indonesia Ambassador in Nigeria, Harry Purwanto has tasked Nigerian business men to take advantage of existing trade relations between his country and Nigeria for her economic growth.
Ambassador Purwanto who spoke in Kano during its 1st Indonesia Business meeting tagged “Trade with Remarkable Indonesia” that has Vanguard Media as media partner, said that no fewer than 30 assorted Indonesia based firm are rooted in Nigeria.
He disclosed that the trade balance between the two countries as at 2014 stood $3,285,729.478 in favour of Nigeria from oil and gas sector, adding that Indonesia companies operating in Nigeria made $628,005.443 .
Ambassador Purwanto said that Indonesia import to Nigeria items such as furniture, processed food, textile and textiles products, building materials, paper and papers products, medical equipment, automotive and components, coffee, food beverages and crude palm oil.
The Indonesia Ambassador stated that Nigerians business men has the opportunity to showcase their potential during the forthcoming “Jakarta International Expo” sometimes next October.
Ambassador Purwanto who explained that Nigeria and Indonesia shared similarities, adding that the adoption of Bahasa as a unity language in the face of multi ethnic groups aided his country economic growth.
Purwanto said “When you speak the unity language you are talking to over 250 million people and this indeed helped Indonesia growth economically and otherwise. “
The Ambassador lamented that activities of unscrupulous Nigerians business men in recent years have made his country security operatives wary of Nigerian.
Ambassador Purwanto shared a sordid story of Nigerian business man who flew into Indonesia and died within an hour of entry unknown to the authority that ingested narcotics.
He explained that the unfortunate incident forced the immigration authorities in his home country to impose stringent visa regime on potential business men from Nigeria.
He however assured that himself and Nigerian ambassador to Indonesia are working assiduously to change the negative perception of Nigerian citizens by the homelands security.
In a welcome address by the Vanguard Administrative Manager, Victor Goteb explained the readiness of Vanguard Media support on economic activities that would ginger growth and improve the life of the citizens.
He said “this kind of business roundtable is key to the global economy as it would open up opportunities to exploit”.
Across section Kano business community led by Umar Farouk Rabiu Dansuleka were in attendance at the business forum that sought to prepare and expose Nigerian business men to Indonesia economic potentials.