Led by New Zealand Government Minister Hon. Maurice Williamson, a delegation of 52 New Zealand business people are visiting Indonesia this week, to strengthen the trade relationship between the two countries.
The delegation is made up of ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council members from the aviation, food and beverage, education, geothermal and banking sectors.
"We're delighted to have a leading group of New Zealand businesses here in Indonesia," says New Zealand's Trade Commissioner to Indonesia, Tim Anderson.
"With Indonesia and New Zealand working together across so many sectors, the partnership between the two countries is encouraging. Indonesia is looking toward New Zealand for innovative solutions, and New Zealand's world-leading reputation as experts in food and beverage production, geothermal and education services is clearly a factor," he says.
"We're particularly pleased that the mission includes a strong aviation delegation. New Zealand's aviation sector is well-known for its world-class pilot and ground staff training, airport development expertise and aircraft maintenance systems. With such huge growth in Indonesia's domestic sector, companies from New Zealand are already providing specialised expertise to boost capacity. The future is bright for a strong and mutually beneficial relationship."
"New Zealand wants to forge much stronger relationships with Indonesia and this mission represents our commitment towards achieving that," says Sir Ken Stevens, co-leader of the mission, chairman of Export New Zealand and executive chairman of New Zealand aviation company, Glidepath Group.
Part of the visit included a high-level business forum and a gala dinner, supported by ASB Bank Limited, New Zealand ("ASB") and Commonwealth Bank Indonesia, which allowed CEOs and government representatives from both countries to discuss opportunities for the future
"ASB, alongside the ASEAN-New Zealand Business Council, is delighted to support the strengthening business relationship between our two countries," says David Bell, General Manager Global Transaction Banking of ASB.
Ian Whitehead, Director of Retail and Business Banking Commonwealth Bank Indonesia also commented: "The commercial, social and cultural interests between Indonesia and New Zealand can only grow bigger and more important in the future. Those interests have invariably tied to banking services, whether to facilitate trade or finance investments.
As our commitment to continue supporting the growth of business in Indonesia through our four pillar business group: SME, Wholesale Banking, Wealth Management, and Emerging Affluent, we are proud to sponsor this forum as a channel to broaden our business network."
The delegation will be in Jakarta, Bandung, Surabaya and Bali from 19th-30th of May.