Abu Dhabi (ANTARA News) - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has asked Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu to immediately reactivate the Indonesian Trade Promotion Center (ITPC) in the Middle East with regard to tapping the regional market.
"I have asked the trade minister to reactivate the ITPC again so that it does not stay idle," he said at a press conference here on Tuesday.
He said Indonesia must not be inferior to other countries such as China, India and Malaysia which also wished to increase exports to the region in its efforts to tap the regional market.
"Our export performance must be better," he said.
He said Indonesia wished to increase not only exports of goods but also services and in view of that it had to be active again in promoting its goods and services.
On Qatar the President said Indonesia and the country had agreed to hold a meeting in a near future in Jakarta to discuss concrete steps to increase economic, trade and investment cooperation between the two countries.
The President is here as part of his tour of some Middle East countries including Qatar.
He was accompanied by Coordinating Minister for Economy Boediono, Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda, Trade Minister Mari Elka Pangestu, State Minister for State Enterprises Sugiharto and chief of the Capital Investment Coordinating Board Mohamad Lutfi.(*)