"Indonesia currently relies on the classical market, including the United States and China. Thus, expanding its (export) markets is deemed significant," Ananda remarked in a written statement released on Tuesday.
Hence, Indonesia must build cooperation with South American nations to boost its national branding and garner global support, he noted.
However, factors, such as South America's low economic growth and both nations being located far from one another, have posed a hindrance for Indonesian businesspersons to increase their market in South America, he explained.
Ananda pointed out that the Middle East and West Africa are among the potential markets that may turn out to be key contributors to Indonesia's foreign trade.
"For economic reasons, the Middle East is good, and so is West Africa," he noted.
The Indonesian trade minister had earlier undertaken a working visit to Argentina and Chile as part of the endeavors to expanding the export market for Indonesian products.
In Argentina, he met with the foreign affairs minister and businesspersons to build trust. EDITED BY INE