Opportunity knocks in Indonesia



Opportunity knocks in Indonesia July 23, 2013, 9:42 p.m.
TASMANIAN industries have a prime opportunity to tap into the consumer habits of Indonesia's young and burgeoning middle-class, a business meeting with the country's Consul-General Irmawan Emir Wisnandar heard yesterday.
Mr Wisnandar was in Launceston with an Indonesian delegation to discuss links that could be formed with the state's agricultural producers, businesses and industries.
Mr Wisnandar said Tasmanian agricultural and information-technology businesses could benefit from a better relationship with Indonesia.
``I think Tasmania has a lot of capacity and advantage in hydro-electric energy, agriculture and in the fishery sector and these are the things we would like to collaborate on,'' Mr Wisnandar said.
Launceston Mayor Albert van Zetten said Indonesia, as the world's fourth most-populated country, had an appetite for Northern Tasmania's high-valued agricultural production.
Indonesia Australia Business Council vice-president Peter Craven agreed and said the Tasmanian brand was prevalent in the country during the late 1990s. ``Unfortunately over the years, the marketing and efforts in keeping that brand awareness have fallen off the shelves and other products have taken that space,'' Mr Craven said.
Premier Lara Giddings will travel to Indonesia in September to explore potential opportunities.