Aba(Abia) – The Indonesian Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Harry Purwanto, on Thursday promised to encourage more Indonesians to do business with Nigerians and reap the benefits of such partnership.
Purwanto said this during an interview after delivering a lecture titled “Business opportunities in Indonesia and obtained legislation” in Aba.
The ambassador, who was the guest lecturer at the event organised by the Aba Chamber of Commerce, Mines, and Agriculture (ACCIMA), said a deepened bilateral relationship would produce a win-win situation for both countries.
“I am encouraging Indonesians to interact with Nigerians because that is the only way both countries can understand and benefit from the potentials of each other.
“Coming to Abia, I learnt that there are some potentials that can be mutually beneficial not only for Indonesians but for Abians.
“That is why I will try to encourage Indonesians to put Abia State in their attention and once they can see those potentials, they will be convinced and they will come.”
Purwanto said that the impression of Nigeria in some countries was not accurate, stressing that Nigeria suffered from warped image abroad which affected business interaction between Nigerians and others.
He, however, noted that having seen that Nigeria had credible and good people, he would not relent in telling others of the things they could benefit from doing business with Nigerians.
He promised to provide incentives for Nigerians willing to do business with Indonesia, adding that Indonesia was planning to establish an industrial park in Nigeria to promote their relationship.
Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia thanked the Indonesian ambassador for showing willingness to partner with the state.
The governor, represented by the Commissioner for Industry, Chief Henry Ikoh, said that the state was willing to join the chamber in the partnership with business interests.
He said the government was working on stopping double taxation in Abia and to ensure residents had constant electricity to be productive in their various sectors.
Ikpeazu promised to give land to Indonesians to build industrial clusters if they would come to invest in the state.
He urged the ambassador to help Abia with machines to process oil palm.
The ACCIMA President, Mr Emma Nwakpadolu, earlier said that Aba, being a unique location for technological, industrial and commercial entrepreneurship, would benefit Indonesians in business.
He called for establishment of strong business ties with ACCIMA and easy access to visas for visits to Indonesia.
Nwakpadolu expressed the hope that the ambassador’s visit would build and strengthen a virile bilateral relationship between Abia and Indonesians.