By Moses Nosike
The recently concluded trade promotion tagged, “Indonesian Solo Exhibition 2016” in Lagos was to promote a strong business tie between Indonesia and Nigeria as it was designed also to promote Indonesia’s superior products and cultures to the business community in Nigeria and West Africa in general.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador, the republic of Indonesia toNigeria, H.E. Harry Purwanto, said, the huge market size has become a strength of the Nigeria market and largest market in West Africa, especially for consumer goods.
According to Purwanto, the exhibition is an effective forum for the promotion of Indonesian products from corporations or small businesses who have products that are export-oriented as well as a means to build a business network and expand market share abroad, especially in West Africa.
He said further that, this exhibition is to introduce good quality products from Indonesia to the Nigerian market, new innovation with affordable prices. Since Nigeria had its independence, we share not only ideas but feeling of responsibility, contributing to each other to become fit and more secured for economic growth of development. On global issue, we always work collaboratively while trying to find solution to world problems.
However, Indonesia and Nigeria complement each other. Now Indonesia is already achieving industrialisation by diversifying its economy. Before now, we used to rely on oil but today we are not and we urge Nigerians to start diversifying into non oil sectors such as manufacturing, agriculture, tourism, education, health etc.
In addition, he said, these are the areas Indonesia focused when they could not rely on oil and today, tourism alone in Indonesia is already creating about 25 -30 million jobs in tourism sector, and is contributing 15 percent of our economic earning.
According to him, Nigeria has very huge potentials, natural resources, population, human resources etc. What Nigeria need do is to develop good educational and health systems because globally the competition is on human resources, he said.