Jakarta (ANTARA News) - France has expressed interest to expand investment and technology transfer to among others aircraft component manufacturing in Indonesia.

"The business delegation from France is interested in among others expanding investment in aircraft industry especially aircraft components," the director general of high technology-based prime industries of the ministry of industry, Budi Darmadi, said here on Thursday following the visit of 60 members of French business delegation to the office.

He said the AEDS aircraft component manufacturer and Thalles from France had expressed their interest in opening a two-way communication with the country`s aircraft industry.

That way the continuity of component manufacturing could be maintained, he said.

"We need to develop our aircraft industry for air connectivity in the country and improving our TKDN in the component industry," he said.

The French delegation led by minister of economic affairs, finance and industry Christine Lagarde and state minister of transportation Thierry Mariani has also expressed its interest to expand machinery and manufacturing equipment business.

"They will conduct more technology transfer to Indonesia," he said.

Some of the investment that would be expanded include that for food processing, piping and oil and gas.

He said France has been determined to increase training activities for human resources in Indonesia to produce more better skilled workers.

The French business delegation has also looked at power projects in the country.

Christine Lagarde meanwhile said she came to Indonesia along with 60 prominent business community members.

"Some of them are ready to invest in Jakarta and in essence we are committed to developing and increasing cooperation and partnership between the two countries," she said.

She said among the program to be carried out are technology transfer and developing strategic partnership to increase "value" in Indonesia.

"We need to do a lot of things to open more employment in Indonesia with more than 100 French companies already investing here," she said.

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