Mon, 16 May 2011

London (ANTARA News) - Indonesia took part in the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) 2011 at the Dubai International Convention and Exhibition Center recently as part of efforts to attract more Middle Eastern investors.

The meeting themed "Planning, Assessing and Investing in Emerging Countries and High Growth Regions" focused on promoting investment opportunities in each of the participating countries, spokesman of the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai Adiguna Wijaya said in an emailed statement to an ANTARA News correspondent in London on Saturday.

The meeting brought together a number of ministers and top officials from 20 countries and around 3,000 investors from all over the world.

Chairman of the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) Gita Wirjawan led the Indonesian delegation to the meeting. The delegation consisted of officials from the Indonesian Embassy in United Arab Emirates, the Indonesian Consulate General in Dubai, the Foreign Ministry, the Industry Ministry, the Agriculture Ministry and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN).

During the panel discussion of the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) focusing on current foreign direct investment (FDI) trends and future outlook, Gita acted as one of the panelists.

Gita said Indonesia which was rich in natural resources and had huge domestic market coupled with the ever increasingly conducive investment climate was one of the ideal investment destinations.

In addition, Indonesia had also successfully increased its gross domestic product (GDP) to US$720 billion last year, the highest in Southeast Asia. Indonesia currently ranked 17th among G-20 member countries in terms of GDP, he added.

He said the image of Indonesia as an investment destination had been improving since the country`s credit rating was upgraded to BB+ in January 2010. It also ranked first among Asia Pacific countries as the best fiscal balance according to Standard & Poor`s, he added.