South African Ambassador to hold talks with BP Batam

South African Ambassador to hold talks with BP Batam

Batam port. (ANTARA/Feri)

The ambassador with two officials from Embassy in Jakarta will discuss about investment with the Chairman of BP Batam."
Batam (ANTARA News) - South African Ambassador to Indonesia Noe N Lehoko with his country`s delegation will visit Batam Management Board (BP Batam) to hold talks about investment on Friday tomorrow.

"The ambassador with two officials from Embassy in Jakarta will discuss about investment with the Chairman of BP Batam Mustofa Widjaja," the Head of Public Relations and Publications Sub Directorate at BP Batam Ilham Eka Hartawan said here on Thursday.

The visit on tomorrow is the second, after a trip on March that aimed at boosting economy cooperation in developing free trade zone around the island.

Hartawan expressed hope that the visit on tomorrow could be an effort to bring the relationship between Batam and South Africa gets stronger, especially in trade sector as well as investment.

The South Africa delegations are also expected to visit Batam Politeknik, the Office of Batam administration, and the Office of the Riau Islands Provincial administration from Friday tomorrow untill Monday (July 15).

Meanwhile, Governor of Eastern Cape, South Africa, Naxolo Kivet, when visited Batam earlier showed his interest in boosting trade and investment and in particular strengthen the cooperation in Batam Free Trade Zone.

Kivet explained with cultivating cooperation with Indonesia, South Africa could get some benefits such as developing the economy, decreasing the number of jobless and poor people.

The governor further said some entrepreneurs form Eastern Cape have interested in investing in Batam, in maritime sector such as fishing, shipping, agriculture and tourism,

"Cooperation with BP Batam is one attempt to open the port cargo services market in order to accelerate Africa-Asia traffic of goods," he said.

He added Eastern Cape has a large transhipment port. The port opens commodity markets to Asia, especially Indonesia and vice versa.

"We felt compelled to seek opportunities on freight and logistics services in the Asian market. We expect over Batam to open the market," he said.

(Reporting by Larno/I029/O001)

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