Minister of Trade Agus Suparmanto said that the 35th Trade Expo Indonesia Virtual Exhibition (TEI-VE) this year was the government’s effort to encourage sustainability and increased the promotion of local products to the global market by optimizing digital technology during the Covid-19 pandemic. The goal is to continue to encourage national export performance.

This was conveyed by the Minister of Trade Agus when giving a speech at the opening ceremony of the 35th TEI-VE. The 35th TEI-VE event was officially opened and broadcast virtually by President Joko Widodo at Hotel Mulia, Jakarta, Tuesday, November 10, 2020. “The 35th TEI-VE, which is held virtually this time, is expected to contribute to increasing Indonesia’s exports to the global market during the Covid-19 pandemic. In addition, this activity is also an arena for developing business and investment networks for business actors by presenting Indonesia’s leading products,” said Agus.

At the opening of the 35th TEI-VE, the Ministry of Trade’s Directorate General of National Export Development (PEN) and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) “Export Development to Australia through the Use of a Trading House”. The MoU was signed by the Director-General of National Export Development and Deputy Chairperson of Kadin for International Relations, Shinta Widjaja, witnessed by the Minister of Trade. The Director-General of National Export Development, Kasan, explained that the purpose of this cooperation is to increase the export of Indonesian products to Australia as an implementation of the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA).

“This memorandum of understanding is expected to increase the role of Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in increasing national exports. The government has a big commitment together with strategic partners to implement the points of the scope of cooperation according to their respective duties and functions, so as to increase national exports that are competitive,” said Kasan.