Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia will open trade promotion centers (ITPC) for export products in eleven cities in the world in 2008 to strenghten penetration to foreign markets.
"We have just received a permit to process another eleven. We will maximize the function of the ITPC to help promote and identify market opportunities and inform them to Jakarta," Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu said here over the weekend.
The eleven cities are Shanghai (China), Busan (S. Korea), Chennai (India), San Diego(US), Chicago (US), Barcelona (Spain), Lagos (Nigeria), Vancouver (Canada), Jeddah (Saudi Arabia) and Lyon (France).
Earlier, Indonesia already had ITPC offices in nine cities Osaka (Japan), Budapest (Hungary), Los Angelos (US), Milan (Italy), Sydney (Australia), Sao Paulo (Brazil), Dubai (United Arab Emirates), Hamburg (Germany) and Johanesburg (S. Africa).
In the meantime, General Chairman of the Indonesian Furniture and Handicraft Producers Association Ambar Tjahjono asked the government to make an evaluation of the ITPC activities in other countries.
He hoped that the management of ITPC could be entrusted to the private sector to enable them to operate optimally.
"I could not expect much from ITPC set up by the government," he said.
Ambar believed that the function of the government representatives like embassies and trade attaches as well as ITPC had yet to work as aspected.
According to him, Indonesian representatives in other countries should therefore be able to provide information on export opportunities and facilities in the other countries. (*)