Indonesia Pavilion may be turned into MSME exhibition center: Lutfi

Indonesia Pavilion may be turned into MSME exhibition center: Lutfi

Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi at the Indonesian Pavilion at Dubai's World Expo 2020, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Friday (October 1, 2021). (ANTARA/AstridFaidlatulHabibah/KT)

Dubai, UEA (ANTARA) - Trade Minister Muhammad Lutfi is mulling on turning the Indonesia Pavilion at the World Expo 2020 Dubai into a center to showcase MSME (micro, small, and medium enterprise) products after the expo ends.

"We are offering the option, we are not limiting it, but we cannot decide yet," Lutfi told ANTARA in Dubai, United Arab Emirates (UAE) on Saturday.

The minister said he will wait for the decision of the UAE government regarding the next steps for the venue of the World Expo 2020 after the event's closing on March 31, 2022.

According to him, if the UAE government decides to make this location a crowd center, then the Indonesia Pavilion will remain in place and promote Indonesian culture and diversity.

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"Actually, we are waiting for the UAE government's decision on what they are going to do about this," Lutfi informed.

He said the decision would be formally announced in about two to three months after the UAE government has planned everything.

"If they do not do anything here but we keep (the Indonesian Pavilion) open, it would be a waste of money. So, we want to look forward to their decision and we will decide in two to three months from now," he expounded.

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Lutfi said that Indonesia already has one place for showcasing local products at the Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre (ITPC) in Dubai.

"There is ITPC Dubai that can exhibit local MSME products," he added.

The Indonesia Pavilion at World Expo 2020 covers an area of 1,860 square meters and has a total construction space of 3 thousand square meters. Indonesia is among the 192 countries participating at the expo.

The Indonesia Pavilion, which was inaugurated on Friday (October 1, 2021) and will remain open until March 31, 2022, will promote a variety of MSME products, innovation, technology, and trade developments.

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