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B20 Business Dialogue discusses ways to boost Indonesia, Korea partnership

Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir delivers remarks at the B20 Business Dialogue held at Lotte Hotel, Seoul, Thursday. (Sanjay Kumar/The Korea Herald)
Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir delivers remarks at the B20 Business Dialogue held at Lotte Hotel, Seoul, Thursday. (Sanjay Kumar/The Korea Herald)
The B20 Business Dialogue discussed ways to vitalize Indonesia-South Korea economic cooperation and strengthen private partnerships on the sidelines of President Joko Widodo‘s visit to Korea Thursday.

B20 is the official Group of 20 dialogue forum with the global business community.

Co-hosted by the Indonesian Embassy in Seoul and the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry, the dialogue is a platform to make policy recommendations ahead of the Group of 20 summit to be held in Bali, Indonesia from Nov.13-16.

Delivering remarks at the event, Indonesia’s State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir stressed to bolster cooperation in digital economy, energy conversion and health encouraging South Korean and Indonesian businessmen.

“Indonesia is a potential market trying to develop through industrialization than relying on natural resources,” said Thohir.

Indonesia is trying to develop a large-scale carbon enhancement business to optimize companion natural resources and add more value through production and manufacturing, he added.

South Korean Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun stresses the need to strengthen Indonesia-South Korea cooperation during his remarks at the B20 Business Dialogue held at Lotte Hotel, Seoul, Thursday. (Sanjay Kumar/The Korea Herald)
South Korean Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun stresses the need to strengthen Indonesia-South Korea cooperation during his remarks at the B20 Business Dialogue held at Lotte Hotel, Seoul, Thursday. (Sanjay Kumar/The Korea Herald)
According to Thohir, Indonesia is promoting economic growth for job creation, making efforts to reduce LPG imports by converting coal to DME and producing residual car batteries with nickel.

Thohir said that Indonesia is developing more than 160 products with crude palm oil, producing biodiesel B30, edible oil, and mixed petroleum with eco-friendly raw materials.

Indonesia is continuously developing a digital economic ecosystem to achieve developed country status by 2045, the minister stressed.

“Indonesia’s digital economy would be the largest in ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) by 2030,” he said.

“Indonesia would represent a 40 percent share in the ASEAN market,” he said, highlighting Indonesia’s potential to emerge as a strong player not only through Business-to-Business, but also Business-to-Consumer outlook including educational technology and financial technology.

Indonesia is committed to maintaining a strategic partnership and successful synergy with South Korea, Thohir said.

“Indonesia is a good business partner to Korea to pursue mutual benefits,” Thohir emphasized.

South Korean Trade Minister Ahn Duk-geun also stressed utilizing Indonesia‘s abundant raw materials and potential demand markets for South Korea’s manufacturing competitiveness and cutting-edge industrial technology.

South Korea would actively promote future-oriented and mutually beneficial industrial, trade, and energy cooperation, Ahn said in his remarks at the event, citing the two countries’ membership in the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership.

Panelists discuss supply chain issues and ways to bolster Indonesia-South Korea economic cooperation at the B20 Business Dialogue held at Lotte Hotel, Seoul, Thursday. (Sanjay Kumar/The Korea Herald)
Panelists discuss supply chain issues and ways to bolster Indonesia-South Korea economic cooperation at the B20 Business Dialogue held at Lotte Hotel, Seoul, Thursday. (Sanjay Kumar/The Korea Herald)
Ahn acknowledged the importance of international policy coordination and response to the rapidly changing global economic environment.

He suggested South Korea and Indonesia to cooperate on energy transition and digital transformation -- main agendas of the G20 Summit—ushering the two countries’ commitment to strengthen supply chain linkage, clean energy and partnership between businessmen.

Meanwhile, a panel discussion was also held to update and discuss B20 policy recommendations.

The panel emphasized the need to reorganize the supply chain based on the Indonesia-South Korea free trade agreement; a multilateral and sustainable response to climate change; and the enactment of digital and international norms.


By Sanjay Kumar (sanjaykumar@heraldcorp.com)
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