Poland, Indonesia to increase mutual trade

Poland’s Foreign Minister Jacek Czaputowicz and his Indonesian counterpart Retno Marsudi met in Warsaw on Friday to discuss future plans for increasing mutual trade.

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Over the past year, the value of trade between Poland and Indonesia increased by 21 percent compared to 2017. Currently, it is estimated at nearly USD 1 bn.

“We discussed the possibilities of increasing the export of beef, apples, berries and dairy products to Indonesia. We also hope for the quick completion of the ongoing procedures regarding the permission for entry of our agri-food products onto the Indonesian market,” Mr Czaputowicz said.

Poland also offered the sale of modern technologies and cooperation in the defence industry, electronic and extractive fields.

On the other hand, Indonesia is interested in cooperation in the maritime, energy and pharmacological sectors.

“The medicines produced by us are of good quality and are competitive,” said the Indonesian FM.

Both ministers highlighted the increased interest that Polish entrepreneurs are taking in operating in Indonesia. One company is building a coal energy plant there, while another will deal with processing biomass.

Mr Czaputowicz and Ms Marsudi also touched on extending the student exchange system. Currently, 123 Indonesian students attend Polish universities, while only 20 Poles study in Indonesia.

Situated on more than 17,000 islands, Indonesia is one of the most important countries in Southeast Asia. It is the world's 4th most populous country with over 261 million residents.

In 2020, Poland and Indonesia will celebrate the 65th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations.