Mon, 12 May 2008
Beijing (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and China will soon establish a task force to optimize economic relations between the two countries, Indonesian Ambassador to China Sudrajat said here on Monday.

He said the task force would be made up of several departments in the two countries which focused on bilateral relations in the field of economy.

"The two countries will soon sign an agreement on the establishment of the task force to focus more attention on economic relations in the fields of trade, investment, and tourism," Sudrajat said.

He signaled that the signing of the task force establishment would be made in conjunction with China-Indonesia Investment Forum organized by Indonesian Ministry of Industry in Jakarta from May 15-16, 2008.

Sudrajat said the task force was necessary because Indonesia and China have reach their target of trade and investment as a follow up of the strategic partnership which was signed by the two countries heads of state in Jakarta in 2005.

He said more cooperations and frequent visits of business makers from each country has indicated that Indonesia and China at present have outstanding economic relations.

"A number of departments in the task force will make mutual coordination in their effort to improve economic relations in the framework of the two countries strategic partnership," Sudrajat said.

Asked about the China-Indonesia Investment Forum, the Indonesian envoy said a total of 150 Chinese businessmen from 90 companies in the country had confirmed that they would attend the forum to explore investment opportunity in Indonesia.

Sudrajat said the Indonesian government wanted to organize such a forum to net as many Chinese investors as possible to invest in Indonesia.

After the China-Indonesia Investment forum is over, a number of businessmen from China will visit several industrial areas in Karawang and Cikampek in West Java to explore business opportunities there. (*)



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