Indonesian Ambassador to Bangladesh Rina Prihtyasmiarsi Soemarno on Tuesday said her country and Bangladesh have huge similarities.
She said: “Like Bangladesh, Indonesia is also a Muslim majority country. It has the second largest sea beach, traffic jams and rain.Our forefathers and ancestors were linked to each other.”
The Indonesian envoy came up with the remarks at a press conference at Le Meridian in the capital in the morning.
Rina said Bangladesh is the fastest growing economy of the world and her country can aspire to be like Bangladesh.
The Indonesian embassy arranged the press conference to brief the media on the first-ever Indonesian trade and cultural expo in Dhaka.
The Indonesian trade expo and cultural festival styled INDONESIAFAIR 2018 will be held at the Le Méridien Dhaka on April 26-28.
Around 45 Indonesian exhibitors will showcase diverse consumer and industrial goods made in Indonesia at the fair.
The fair is aimed at increasing the visibility of Indonesia in Bangladesh besides encouraging Indonesian entrepreneurs and companies to invest and expand their businesses to Bangladesh.
A delegation of around 100 business people will be arriving in Dhaka to participate in the fair.
The fair is a showcase of Indonesia in a comprehensive format and it encompasses exhibition of Indonesian products and consumer goods, services, culture and tourism.
A number of exciting events and programmes will be organized during the three-day event comprising business and networking programmes, trade exhibition and fair, fashion shows and cultural performances, talk shows, film screening, and selfie competition.
The fair is especially organised to promote quality products made in Indonesia that are famous in the global market.
The traditional and world-famous Indonesian batik, fashion, jewelry, handicrafts, foods and beverages like biscuits, automotives and spices will be available at the fair.
The high profile companies such as Pertamina, Angkasa Pura I, Adaro Energy, Palm Oil Board, Garuda Food International, PT INKA, and many others will be present at the fair. Interesting tourism destinations in Indonesia will also be displayed at the event where three travel agents will offer tourist destination across Indonesia.
The fair will remain open for the public (free entrance) at the Entresol Hall (ground floor) of Le Méridien from 10.00 AM until 09.00 PM until Saturday.
Indonesian companies—Pertamina, Angkasa Pura I, Adaro Energy, INKA, and JapfaComfeed—sponsored the event.
The Indonesia Embassy and the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia will convene a Business Forum at the fair on Thursday, the opening day of the event.
The Business Forum will discuss and explore ways and means of enhancing the flow of business and investment opportunities in Bangladesh.
The Forum will be followed by Business Matching Meeting, where some 50 Indonesian businesses and companies will meet their prospective partners in Bangladesh.
The three-day fair will presents two fashion shows, Indonesian traditional dance performances, screenings of Indonesian films, selfie contest, and talk-shows about Indonesian tourism.
Indonesia and Bangladesh enjoy a strong and complementary economic bilateral relationship that grows every year.
The volume of the bilateral trade between the two countries amounted to US$1.67 billion in 2017, with Indonesia’s export amounting to US$1.596 billion.