?On October 16, 2014, Indonesia formally appointed Mr. Hassane Berkani as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Casablanca, Morocco.
Mr. Berkani is a prominent businessman in Morocco in the field of construction, real estate, agriculture, transportation, and restaurants. Mr. Berkani is also the President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry, and Service of Casablanca (CCISC); a Counsel of the Parliament; and Vice Chairman of the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Services of Morocco.
The appointment of Mr. Hassane Berkani as Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Casablanca is expected to encourage intensive cooperation between Indonesia and Morocco, especially in the field of economy. Based on the Ministry of Trade of Indonesia, the total volume of trade between Indonesia and Morocco in January-July 2014 stood at US $ 132.5 million, an increase of 6.8% from the same period in 2013. Meanwhile, the total volume of trade between Indonesia and Morocco during the year 2013 stood at US $ 186.8 million.
Efforts to improve relations and cooperation between the two countries in the field of economy is reinforced by the establishment of the Moroccan-Indonesian Business Council (MIBC) in Morocco in October 2014, which is expected to be followed by the establishment of similar organization in Indonesia in the near future. The establishment of MIBC was also followed by a Moroccan business delegation visit to Indonesia to participate in the Trade Expo Indonesia (TEI) and the inauguration of the sister province of West Sumatra Province to the Fes-Boulmane Province on October 9 to 14, 2014. A close relationship between Indonesian and Moroccan entrepreneurs is expected to overcome trade barriers and obstacles between the two countries, particularly related to high taxes and high cost of transportation.
Previously, the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Indonesia in Casablanca was held by Mr. Omar Sunni Barrada, who has resigned since 2007.
Rabat, October 27, 2014