Pangkalpinang, Bangka Belitung (ANTARA) - The Alumni Association of Bandung Institute of Technology (IA-ITB) has planned to invite representatives of 100 Turkish companies to Indonesia next year in an effort to attract them to invest in the country.

"In 2023 we are inviting 100 companies from Turkiye to Indonesia," IA-ITB Chairman Gembong Primadjaja told participants of the alumni association's national meeting here Sunday.

Inviting the Turkish companies to Indonesia has become one of the IA-ITB's action programs in 2023 in an attempt to help the government recover the economy, and empower local micro, small and medium enterprises.

"This is our first time to collaborate with the Turkish business community," Primadjaja said, adding that the IA-ITB is also keen to contribute to the development of technology-based MSMEs in Indonesia.

ANTARA reported earlier that on November 14, 2022, Indonesia and Turkiye had signed several strategic government-to-government and two business-to-business agreements.

According to Indonesian Ambassador to Turkiye Lalu M. Iqbal, the two nations would soon focus on realizing the agreements they had signed and accelerating the signing of agreements currently under discussion.

The two business-to-business agreements inked by the two countries cover the joint production of electric buses by Karsan of Turkiye and PT Schahmindo Perkasa (Credo Group) of Indonesia and the construction of the Trans-Sumatra Toll Road by PT Hutama Karya of Indonesia and Turkish contractor ERG Insaat.

The signing of the agreements was witnessed by Indonesian Minister of Public Works and Public Housing, Basuki Hadimuljono, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.

The agreements between the governments of the two countries cover cooperation in the fields of defense, environment, forestry, research and technology, innovation, and development cooperation assistance.

President Joko Widodo took note of the signing of the agreements during bilateral talks with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyib Erdogan, at the Apurva Kempinski in Indonesia's resort island of Bali on the sidelines of the G20 Summit on November 14, 2022.

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Editor: Azis Kurmala
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