Wed, 17 Dec 2008
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia plans to open 11 new Indonesian Trade Promotion Centers (ITPC) abroad at the end of this year, the head of the National Export Development Agency (BPEN), Bachrul Chairi, said here on Tuesday.

The new ITPCs are located in Shanghai (China), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia), Mexico City (Mexico), Chicago (the US), Busan (South Korea), Chennai (India), Barcelona (Spain), Lyon (France), Santiago (Chili), Vancouver (Canada) and Lagos (Nigeria).

Chairi said the decision was part of the country's efforts in seeking new export markets particularly in those regions.

"The state minister for administrative reform and the foreign minister have agreed to the opening of the new ITPCs which are expected to start operating by the end of this year," he said.

Indonesia has so far already operated nine ITPCs in business cities like Sao Paolo (Brazil), Los Angeles (the US), Milan (Italy), Johannesburg (South Africa), Dubai, Osaka, Sydney and Budapest (Hungary).

Chairi said the 11 countries where the new ITPCs would be established were the world's trade hubs that had high per capita income and buying power as well as pontentials to import products from Indonesia.

"Indonesia's export market share in those countries is still relatively small and may still be increased while those countries are also a gateway for exports to their neighbours," he said.

Chairi said the ITPCs which cost Rp4 billion each could be used as an exhibition venue for world products.

He said one of the reasons for establishing the new ITPCs in those countries was that those countries generally have big ports to support exports and imports.

In the 2009 budget the Indonesian government allocates Rp86 billion to increase ITPCs and operate 20 others. (*)



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