Indonesian expo aims to boost Davao-Bitung shipping service

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One of the booths during Indonesian Food and Beverage Expo 2018 in Davao City. -- BW/LSDAVALJR

THE INDONESIAN Consulate General in Davao City is staging another trade expo on July 12 to 14 as part of continuing efforts to support the Davao-Bitung shipping service as well as boost economic ties within the Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia- Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area.

Consul Endah Yuliarti said the Wonderful Indonesia: Tourism, Food, and Trade Expo 2019, to be held at the SM Lanang Premier, will have the roll-on roll-off service provider, Reefer Express Line Filipinas, among the exhibitors.

Ms. Yuliarti, speaking at the Habi at Kape forum last week, also announced that a business delegation from Bitung City in northern Sulawesi is expected to join the expo to look into tourism and trade opportunities.

Consul General Dicky Fabrian said they have organized an Indonesia-Philippines Business Networking Session a day ahead of the expo.

“On the 11th of July, there will be a B2B or business-to-business meeting in which hopefully we can gather and I can find opportunity from both sides in our aims to strengthen our trade relations,” Mr. Fabrian said.

The Indonesian businessmen will meet with key Davao City government officials, representatives from the regional offices of national agencies, and the business community from Davao Region and surrounding cities.

“They will also try to have a tie-up with local businessmen and the local businessmen can also talk with Indonesian exhibitors on what products can be sold in Indonesia,” Mr. Fabrian said.

Indonesian Vice-Consul for Economic Affairs Ely Syafitri Handayani, meanwhile, said they are hopeful that showcasing Indonesian products at the expo will entice local retailers to carry the goods.

”We hope some traders or business people from (Davao) city’s supermarkets and companies that run the food and beverage products will make business with these Indonesian companies,” Ms. Handani said.

”Indonesia’s authentic delicacies will be available also during the expo,” she added.

Indonesia’s top tourist destinations will also be highlighted, with tour packages to be offered by Indonesian operators and their local counterparts.

Similar expos have been organized by the Indonesian office in the past two years. — Maya M. Padillo