Visit to strengthen trade ties
South Metropolitan MLC Phil Edman is in Indonesia this week with Premier Colin Barnett as part of a delegation visiting WA’s closest trade partner.
In 2014-15, WA’s exports to Indonesia were valued at $1.6 billion, with the majority of exports being agricultural products such as wheat and live animals.
Two-way trade between WA and Indonesia was valued at $3.1 billion in 2014-15 and the group will this week visit the WA trade and investment office in Jakarta.
Mr Edman said he and other MPs had been successful in advocating for the Western Australian trade and investment office to stay open last year.
“Indonesia is an incredibly important trade partner and it is brimming with opportunities to increase partnerships in the areas of education, agriculture and tourism, which are all expanding markets,” Mr Edman said.
The WA Government adopted an expanded trade and investment office model in January, with the addition of agriculture and tourism officers.
“This visit is a strong gesture by the Western Australia Government that we value trade ties with Indonesia,” Mr Edman said.