North Sulawesi’s Trade, Tourism and Investment Forum Held in The Hague to Attract More Business Cooperation with the Netherlands

The Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in The Hague in collaboration with the Provincial Government of North Sulawesi organized a North Sulawesi Trade, Tourism and Investment Forum (TTIF) in the Indonesian Embassy in The Hague, on March 23, 2017. TTIF aims at attracting more trade and investment cooperation with the Netherlands as well as Dutch tourists to visit North Sulawesi. 

In his opening remarks before 70 participants, Indonesian Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, H.E. I Gusti A. Wesaka Puja, highlights that the Forum is timely, taking the momentum of the intensifying relations between Indonesia and the Netherlands. 

"There are many positive developments in bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and the Netherlands, particularly in 2016. We had two high level visits, the visit of President Joko Widodo to the Netherlands in April 2016 and PM Rutte visit to Indonesia in November 2016. Last year, the Dutch investment in Indonesia amounted to more than USD1.4 billion, an increase from the previous year. Bilateral trade and tourism also showed positive growth, with number of Dutch tourists visiting Indonesia grew more than 13% or double digit growth” Dubes Puja said in his remarks. 

Among the speakers are Ambassador Peter F. Gontha, Indonesian Ambassador to Poland whose parents were from North Sulawesi, Mr. Nurul Ichwan, Indonesian Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chief representative in London; Mr. Maximiliaan Lomban, Mayor of Bitung; and Mr. Jimy Eman, Mayor of Tomohon, North Sulawesi. 

Ambassador Gontha shares his views on the strategic position of Indonesia and North Sulawesi, which could serve as a trade and investment hub for Dutch entrepreneurs. He also reiterates that the historical connection between Indonesia and the Netherlands serves as a solid foundation for boosting trade and investment cooperation as well as tourism. "The historical connection between the two countries should now be transformed into more Dutch investment to Indonesia," said Ambassador Gontha. 

Similar to Ambassador Gontha, Mayor Maximiliaan Lumban, speaking on behalf of the North Sulawesi Provincial Government, also encourages Dutch business communities to invest in various sectors in North Sulawesi, including industrial and tourism. Mayor Lumban futher added that the development of Bitung port and Bitung special economic zone, has put North Sulawesi to become one of strategic trade and investment hubs. 

Highlighting the importance of investment cooperation, BKPM Chief Representative London, Nurul Ichwan, shares some tips in investing in Indonesia and encourages potential investor to take the benefit of one-stop service and 3 hours of investment licensing. He also encourages potential investors to take the benefit of the existing BKPM office in London to consult about any investment plans to Indonesia. 

Attendees of the TTIF were also presented with a glimpse of a North Sulawesi batik fashion show, created by a young designer, Marcelina Anggita. Following the TTIF, a  North Sulawesi Expo is held at the Event Center Fokker Ijweg, in Hoogddorp, Netherlands, on 24-25 March 2017.




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