Diplomatic: (Great trade potential exists between Pakistan, Indonesia: Consul Gen)

November 22, 2014 Off By Web Desk

ISLAMABAD: Mr Hadi Santoso, Consul General of Indonesia, who recently visited Bin Qasim Association of Trade and Industry (BQATI), said on Sunday that there was a great trade potential existed between Pakistan and Indonesia.

A meeting of BQATI was also held, which was attended by the Chairman, Port Qasim Authority (PQA), Aga Jan Akhtar, who also emphasized that the Port Qasim Industrial Zone offered tremendous potential for the investment.

According to a press statement issued here Monday, the Chairman, PQA extended his utmost cooperation to facilitate the local and foreign investment in the Port Qasim area. The Consul General was welcomed by the Patron-In-Chief, BQATI, Mian Muhammad Ahmed who deliberated on the role of BQATI as a vehicle to facilitate the Trade and Investment.

Giving a presentation to introduce the Association and on the aspects of trade between Pakistan and Indonesia, Rasheed Janmohammed, President, acknowledged that trade between the two countries was indeed expanding and there was a great potential to increase exports of Rice, Meat and other products from Pakistan to Indonesia.

Presently Indonesia is the largest exporter of Palm Oil, Olien to Pakistan. The ratio of Indonesia exports to Pakistan in last three years have gone up from 30% to 70%.

Pakistan is normally importing 2.3 million tons per annum of RBD Palm Oil and RBD Palm Olien and out of this quantity, 70% is now coming from Indonesia.

This is primarily because of the Preferential Trade Agreement (PTA) between Pakistan and Indonesia whereby Pakistan Government has given the duty advantage of 15% on the imports of Edible Oil from Indonesia.

Rasheed Janmohammed requested the Consul General that while Pakistan Government has given 15% duty advantage to Indonesia, the Indonesian Government may also reciprocate by withdrawing the Export Duty on Crude Palm Oil (CPO).

In view of the Export Duty imposed by Malaysia and Indonesia on CPO, practically all the Palm Oil Refineries in Pakistan are shut down as CPO is the basic raw material to operate the Physical Refineries.

It was also emphasized in the Presentation that the Consul General may also help to improve the export volume from Pakistan as ‘we have huge production of Rice and we can meet the requirement of Indonesia in terms of quality and quantity’.

Although Indonesia is also a net producer of Rice, generally they import 750,000 MT to 1.00 million tons of Rice per annum to maintain the buffer stocks. Unfortunately, Indonesia is hardly buying any Rice from Pakistan as last year Indonesian share of buying Rice from Pakistan was only 0.76 of the total Rice imported in to the country.

Another area where Pakistan can increase its exports to Indonesia is the Live Stocks and Meat.The Consul General in his address was very receptive and assured his fullest cooperation to increase the bilateral trade between the two countries.

He was very much proactive in introducing his economic team not only to explore the avenues to enhance the trade but also to sort out the ongoing issues of Export Tax on CPO, Certificate of Origin and other related matters. He also visited Indus Motors Company and showed his keen interest in the assembling of Toyota Cars in Pakistan.

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