Visit to strengthen trade ties

Southern Telegraph - - News -

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.

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