The Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan in cooperation with PT. Prima Cipta Mandiri of Indonesia and Media Pro Sdn. Bhd of Brunei Darussalam, organizes the Third Indonesian Product Expo 2010 at the Main Conference Hall, International Convention Centre, Bandar Seri Begawan, from 26th to 30th June 2010.
The Expo was officially opened by the Honourable Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Utama Dato Seri Setia Haji Awang Yahya bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar, Minister of Industry and Primary Resources of Brunei Darussalam, and the opening ceremony was attended by Government Officials and members of business community in Brunei Darussalam, members of the diplomatic corps, and representatives of the Indonesian community in Brunei Darussalam. The Third Expo was held following the successes of the previous Indonesian Product Expos carried out in 2008 and 2009.
In his remarks at the Opening Ceremony, H.E. Mr. Handriyo Kusumo Priyo, the Indonesian Ambassador, reaffirmed the close friendship between Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam that has become the strong fundamental for the robust partnership in numerous aspects and dimensions enjoyed by the two countries. He hoped that this partnership and cooperation will be further strengthened and further expanded in the future. He further expressed his confidence that the Expo would be an added value to the common endeavors of the two countries to strengthen their bilateral trade, build much better understanding and mutual business confidence between businessmen of the two countries.
The Third Indonesian Product Expo is participated by around 50 (fifty) small and medium businesses under the management guidance and the corporate social responsibility programmes of Indonesia’s Government institutions and state-owned companies, including the Centre for Small and Medium Trade at the Indonesian Ministry of Trade, PT. Bank Mandiri, PT. Bank Tabungan Negara, PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia II and PT. Pelabuhan Indonesia III, PT. Angkasa Pura I and PT. Angkasa Pura II, PT. Asuransi Kesehatan Indonesia, PT. Tambang Batubara Bukit Asam, PT. Bio Farma, PT. Telkom Tbk., PT. Perkebunan Nusantara II and PT. Perkebunan Nusantara X, PT. Jamsostek, PT. Bank Negara Indonesia ’46, PT. Jasa Raharja, PT. Pertamina, the Municipal Government of Singkawang, the Provincial Government of East Java and the Provincial Government of Central Java, Gracia Gallery, Elvira Collection, and Danara “House of Batik”. The Expo was very well welcomed by the Brunei Darussalam public, as seen from the enthusiasm of its visitors, everyday.
The Indonesian products that have become most favored by the Expo’s visitors are, among others, textile products (batik and handwoven songket), garments, accessories, furniture, food and beverages, rubber and leather products, and handicrafts. Business transactions that have taken place between Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and Brunei Darussalam companies involve cooperation to market Indonesian furniture products, textile products and garments.
As a side event to the Expo, the Indonesian Embassy also carried out a Business Forum attended by around 80 (eighty) Government Officials and businessmen, with a presentation made by Mrs. Mursupriyani of the Yogyakarta Chapter of the Indonesian Businesswomen (IWAPI) who talked about handicraft businesses in Yogyakarta, and a presentation given by Mr. Syekh Bandar of the Municipal Government of Singkawang who spoke about attractive Singkawang tourist destinations.
Based on the survey conducted by the Indonesian Embassy in Bandar Seri Begawan in 2008, there are around 1000 types of Indonesian products are marketed and traded in Brunei Darussalam, which is a significant increase from around 600 types of products marketed and traded in 2003. The kinds of Indonesian products that are traded in Brunei Darussalam vary from dry foods / ready-to-serve foods, beverages, medicines and herbal medicines, cosmetics, textile and textile products, furniture and houseware equipments, electrical equipments, building materials, agricultural products, sport equipments, computers and softwares, cassettes / VCD, aluminium sulphate, oil and gas equipments, motor vehicles and vehicle’s spare parts.