Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Ambassador to Russia and Belarus Wahid Supriyadi has opened Indonesian House in the easternmost Russian city of Vladivostok to promote Indonesian products.

The opening of the Indonesian House took place on the sidelines of Eastern Economic Forum, the second largest economic forum in Russia, the embassy said in a press statement released on Tuesday.

Supriyadi said the Indonesian House is the second of its kind held in Vladivostok after his predecessor, Djauhari Oratmangun, opened the first such an event in 2015.

Unlike the first Indonesian House which focused on coffee commodity, the second Indonesian House focused on promoting furniture, antique goods and interior products for hotels and restaurants, he pointed out.

On the occasion, the ambassador held talks with 20 local businessmen who have done business and are interested in doing business in Indonesia.

In his address to the opening of the Indonesian House, Supriyadi praised businessmen in Vladivostok for their desire to make investment and do business in Indonesia.

"This is the right momentum. Since President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) visited Sochi last May, businessmen from both countries have shown high interest to do business. The Indonesia Festival held on August 20-21 proves it (the high interest)," he said.

Despite the sluggish global trade, bilateral trade between Indonesia and Russia in the first quarter of this year rose 17 percent, while the number of Russian tourists visiting Indonesia in the January-June 2016 period also increased 17.5 percent, he said.

Since the first Indonesian House was opened in 2015, Indonesias export of furniture and antique goods to Russia reached US$23 million.

Reported by Yuni Arisandy

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