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Indonesia keen to import 1m tons of rice from Pakistan

Indonesia keen to import 1m tons of rice from Pakistan

MULTAN: Indonesia has expressed keenness to buy one million tons of rice from Pakistan, said its Ambassador to Pakistan Iwan Suyudhie Amri.

While talking to members of Multan Chamber of Commerce (MCC) on Friday, Mr Amri said Jakarta was working to reach a mutually agreeable mechanism for the import of one million of tons of rice from Pakistan, reports Express Tribune.

He extended an invitation to local manufacturers, exporters and industrialists to participate in the 33rd Trade Expo to be held in Indonesia from October 24th to 28th for promoting business ventures.

Mr Amri stated it has been decided that a free 30-day visa will be given to traders and visitors from 174 countries and registered buyers would be welcomed at Jakarta’s Soekarno-Hatta airport.

Recalling the origination of bilateral ties between both countries, Mr Amri said they had cordial and friendly ties since the beginning.

He added, serious efforts now need to be made to translate these relations into greater economic partnership.

The Indonesian Ambassador to Pakistan stated the volume of bilateral trade is $2.18 billion, which is far less than the current potential.

He believes exports from Pakistan should rise by a considerable extent. And Mr Amri commended the improved law and order situation in the country would positively impact exports to Indonesia.

Talking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), Mr Amri said it would attract benefit foreign investment and provide advantages to all regional countries.

Mr Amri while talking about halal food said Pakistan was quickly embracing halal food certificates which would assist in increasing these exports to Indonesia.