KARACHI, June 7: Indonesian consul general Rossalis R. Adenan has advised Pakistani exporters to concentrate on food products, including rice and fresh fruits, for export to his country and hoped that enforcement of preferential trade agreement (PTA) signed between the two countries will help boost bilateral trade which presently stands at around $1.1 billion.
Speaking at a luncheon meeting organised by the Small and Medium Enterprises Alliance (Samea) here on Thursday, he invited Pakistani businessmen to participate in Jakarta exhibition scheduled for October.
Mr Adenan said small and medium enterprises were playing vital role in economic growth of Indonesia and stressed the need of government support for Small and Medium Enterprises in the agriculture sector.
He said that the 1998 financial crisis in Indonesia had resulted in collapse of big businesses and companies and put pressure on the local currency which deprecated tremendously against the dollar.
But SMEs managed to hold ground and help the economy recover fast, he added.
As a result of this experience, he said, the government had decided to give greater role to the ministry of cooperative and small and medium enterprises which directly supported the SME sector and presently 80 per cent of Indonesian workforce was engaged with Small and Medium Enterprises.