Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said at the presidential palace compound here on Tuesday following the official opening of the Indonesian Honorary Consulate in Ramallah, economic cooperation between the two countries should increase.
"The honorary consul is tasked with increasing the economic cooperation. Although it is still very small our trade with Palestine has shown an increasing trend," she said.
From 2012 to 2015 the volume of trade between the two countries have jumped remarkably by 300 percent.
"Yesterday I talked with an importer of eastern noodle to Palestine. Indonesia has shipped 15 containers of instant noodle to the West Bank," she said.
Retno said the volume of trade between the two countries has continued to increase and so the presence of the honorary consulate is needed very much to develop the potential.
"Madam Abu (Maha Abu Shusheh, the Indonesian consul in Ramallah), is a business person who represents a good working network and has been successful not only in Palestine but also in other Arab countries," she said.
Minister Retno said she also saw that empowering must be done so that the honorary consulate in Ramallah could also send business men from Palestine to Indonesia.
reporting by hanni sofia soepardi