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Jokowi Opens TEI 2015

TEMPO.CO,A�Jakarta-President Joko a�?Jokowia�? Widodo has officially opened the 30th Trade Expo Indonesia at JIExpo, Jakarta on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.

The Trade Expo, organized by the Trade Ministry on October 21-25 2015, is expected to promote Indonesian products to the international community. a�?Raw material exports have no longer generated foreign exchange like before. The country must rely more on exports of finished products,a�? Trade Minister Thomas Trikasih Lembong in his speech on Wednesday.

Jokowi hit the drum with Thomas to officially open the expo without delivering a speech. Jokowi then presented Primaniyarta awards to best performing exporters and took a walk around the expo area. He stopped at Pindada��s exhibition area displaying several weapons.

Nus Nuzulia Ishak, the director general for national export development at the Trade Ministry, said that this yeara��s TEI targeted 2,000 participants and 15,000 visitors.

Nus explained the Ministry remains optimistic to hold the TEI despite global economic slowdown. Several countries registered for the expo include India, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia.

a�?Favorite products among buyers are those of agriculture, textile, furniture, food, accessory, and electronic,a�? Nus said.

Source: en.tempo.co, WEDNESDAY, 21 OCTOBER, 2015