Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesia and Morocco have identified their potential products to increase the two countries`s bilateral trade in the wake of preferential trade agreement (PTA), a top Indonesian government official said.

"The two countries have identified potential sectors and products whose trade could be increased," Director of Bilateral Negotiations at the Indonesian Trade Ministry Ni Made Ayu Marthini noted in a written statement released on Wednesday, Jan 23.

Indonesia has come up with several products, including automotive components, leather products, textiles, spices, foods, beverages, furniture, palm oil, paper, coffee, and aquatic products.

Meanwhile, at its meeting with the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), Morocco is keen to explore trade in palm oil, coffee, textiles, rubber, tires, pharmaceuticals, olive oil, and agro industrial products.

Morocco is one of Indonesia`s non-traditional export markets which serve as a gateway for its exports to Africa and Europe.

Trade between the two countries reached US$154.8 million in 2017, with Indonesia`s exports to Morocco valued at $86 million and its imports from the North African country valued at $68.8 million.

As a result, Indonesia recorded a surplus of $17.1 million in its trade with Morocco in that year.

Indonesia`s exports to Morocco in 2017 comprised coffee, worth $23.5 million; artificial staple fiber yarn, worth $9.0 million; synthetic staple fiber yarn, worth $7.5 million; palm oil and its fractions, both purified or not, worth $7.1 million; and oxygen amino compound, worth $4.6 million.

Meanwhile, Indonesia`s imports from Morocco comprised natural calcium phosphate worth $42.4 million; women`s jackets worth $6.2 million; women`s shirts and blouses worth $4.4 million; mineral or chemical fertilizers worth $3.7 million; sports, ski, and swimming wears worth $1.4 million.

Reporting by Sella Panduarsa Gareta
Editing by Suharto

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