Indonesia’s CG says trade with Pakistan is increasing year-on-year

World Faizah Kamal 04-Feb-2020
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The Consul General of Indonesia, Totok Prianamto, said the relations between Indonesia and Pakistan in different sectors were becoming stronger with time and bilateral trade was also increasing year-on-year.

While talking to a group of journalists on February 4 at a local hotel, Prianamto said that the top import items from Pakistan include rice, chemical, raw cotton, wheat, paper, fruits, garments, leather, plastic materials, cotton yarn, cloth, other textile products, sports and surgical goods.

The Indonesian envoy said that since diplomatic relations established in 1951, these were so strong that the people of both brotherly Muslim countries supported and helped each other over the period in different ways and situations. He said that now these relations need to be transformed into mutually rewarding partnership.

Emphasising the role of media, Prianamto said “in today’s world, media is playing a strong role in diplomacy whether it is a public diplomacy or state diplomacy. It has transformed diplomacy from being closed to open.”

He added that print and electronic media were the fastest growing tools of modern diplomacy.

Prianamto said that being an official representative of Indonesia for Sindh province, one of the tasks given to him was to nurture and further strengthen the brotherly relations between Indonesia and Pakistan. He said that within these relations, he is tasked with focusing particularly on economy, trade, investments, and contacts including the media which would benefit both countries.

He said Sindh, especially Karachi, was a very important post for Indonesia, namely for trade and investment sectors. As Karachi was the largest city with two sea-ports, it was the main entry point of Indonesia’s products to Pakistan’s market.

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