Indonesia Fair to begin in city Apr 26

DHAKA : A three-day Indonesian trade expo and festival titled ‘Indonesia Fair 2018’ will be held here on April 26-28 April 2018 at a city hotel to showcase its products and culture.
The first-ever comprehensive event showcasing Indonesia in Bangladesh will be hosted by the Embassy of Indonesia in Dhaka, reports UNB.
A large business delegation will arrive here from Indonesia to join the Indonesia Fair 2018, said the Indonesian Embassy on Sunday.
Around 45 exhibitors, including the world-famous Batik, will exhibit Indonesian products and services during the three-day event.
The fair will showcase Indonesia in a comprehensive format, encompassing the exhibition of Indonesian products and consumer goods, services, culture, and tourism.
A number of events and programmes will be organised 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 aimed at increasing the visibility of Indonesia in Bangladesh through familiarisation of product, culture, tourism and fashion, as well as encouraging entrepreneurs and companies to expand their businesses to Bangladesh, said the Embassy.
The Ministry of Tourism of Indonesia will present “Wonderful Indonesia” and introduce the “10 New Balis” as amazing tourist destinations throughout the islands of Indonesian archipelago.
Visitors will be familiarised with Indonesia’s vast natural beauty and immense cultural heritage that lure millions travelers from around the world to come and experience the beauty for themselves.
Since 2015, it has been easier for Bangladeshis to visit Indonesia, as Bangladesh passport holders are granted visa-free facility to enter and stay in the country for not more than 30 days.
Indonesia is the 15th largest economy in the world. A member of G-20, Indonesia in 2017 registered a GDP amounting to US$1.015 trillion.
It is a huge market with 265 million population that could use more product and services from Bangladesh.
Indonesia and Bangladesh enjoy a strong and complementary economic bilateral relationship that grows every year, said the Embassy.
The volume of trade between the two countries amounted to US$1.67 billion in 2017.
Efforts to increase bilateral cooperation in trade and investment show positive developments in various sectors in recent times, said the Embassy. This includes the desire of both countries to develop trade relations for mutual benefit by negotiating for tariff reductions.
Indonesian entrepreneurs and companies have also shown their interest to enter Bangladesh market and invest in the country.
The Indonesian side said a strong interest for investment and joint venture is shown from various sectors in Indonesia, including energy, logistics and support, hotel and property, transportation, infrastructure and animal feed.