Ambassador of Indonesia to Bangladesh Rina P Soemarno placed emphasis on Dhaka-Jakarta direct flight to encourage tourism and facilitate movement between the two countries.
The ambassador also requested Bangladesh for visa-free travel for the Indonesian people, as they have the same arrangement for Bangladesh.
The Indonesian envoy came up with the proposal at a discussion with a team of FBCCI at its office in the city on Monday.
FBCCI President Md Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) led the team. FBCCI Vice President Md Muntakim Ashraf, Director Md Abu Naser and Secretary General Mir Shahabuddin Mohammad and Counsellor-Economic Affairs of the Indonesian Embassy Inggrid Rosalina attended the event.
Ambassador Rina also laid stress on signing of ‘Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA)’ with Bangladesh as soon as possible.
She said that Indonesia is now the 16th largest economy of the world and a valuable member of G20. As Indonesia and Bangladesh are from the same region and both are developing countries, they can work together to safeguard their own interests, she added.
She mentioned that though the trade balance is in favor of Indonesia, her country is keen to import more products from Bangladesh. As Bangladesh is exporting pharmaceutical products to a number of countries all over the world, the ambassador expressed her interest to set up joint-venture pharmaceutical industry in Bangladesh.
She said her country considers Bangladesh a vital trade partner in the region. Indonesian President Joko Widodo is likely to visit Bangladesh sometime this year, she said. The ambassador invited the FBCCI President to lead a delegation of businesspeople to attend the ‘32nd Trade Expo’ which will be held next month in Indonesia.
Addressing the meeting, FBCCI President Md. Shafiul Islam (Mohiuddin) briefed the ambassador about the current economic development of the country.
He mentioned that Bangladesh has seen a huge development in infrastructure, communication and some other sectors in recent years.
Mohiuddin said as Bangladesh is the gateway to ASEAN, this country has a huge potential to take advantage of the global opportunity.
The FBCCI president mentioned that Bangladesh has achieved consistent GDP growth of over 6 percent during the last couple of years and gained above 7 percent GDP growth in the last two years. He also discussed the liberal policy adopted by the government for investment in the Economic Zones.
Mohiuddin invited the Indonesian business community to set up Special Economic Zone (SEZ) exclusively for Indonesia.
The private sector leader also assured the ambassador of all-out cooperation from the business community of Bangladesh.
The principal export products of Bangladesh to Indonesia are jute and jute goods, woven garments and knitwear.
The import items from Indonesia are textiles and textile articles and mineral products.