Indonesian Minister of Trade Zulkifli Hasan and Egyptian Minister of Trade and Industry Ahmed Samir Saleh signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to form a Joint Trade Committee (JTC). The cooperation aims to promote and increase trade cooperation between the two countries. This was revealed by Zulhas during a bilateral meeting between the two ministers in Cairo, Egypt, today. The signing of the MoU was included in the Minister of Trade Mission Zulkifli Hasan series to Egypt, May 14-16, 2023.
“Today, Minister Ahmed and I have signed an MoU for the formation of JTC Indonesia-Egypt,” Zulhas said in a written statement Monday (5/15/2023).
He said efforts to promote and improve trade cooperation between the two countries could be taken by JTC, among others, through the identification and application of steps to increase trade relations, solving problems and trading barriers, as well as the role of a medium of consultation and exchange of trade information. Both countries project JTC to become a medium that can accommodate aspirations and input from the community of business actors in each country.
“I hope that the JTC forum can be utilized optimally to identify the various potentials of increasing trade in the two countries as well as a forum for completing trading obstacles oriented to common interests,” he explained.
He added the formation of JTC based on the leaders’ joint statement of Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Egyptian President Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi during the visit of Egypt’s President to Jakarta on 4 September 2015.
Zulhas said that the total trade in Indonesia and Egypt in January-March 2023 was recorded at US $ 432.90 million, consisting of exports of USD 379.40 million and imports of US $ 53.50 million. Indonesia’s surplus of US $ 325.80 million. In the last five years (2018-2022), Indonesia consistently recorded a trading surplus against Egypt, with a trend of 9.82 percent.
Meanwhile 2022, the recorded total Indonesian and Egyptian trade reached US $ 1.56 billion. Indonesia’s exports to Egypt were recorded at US $ 1.43 billion, and Indonesia’s imports from Egypt were US $ 226 million. Indonesia’s surplus over Egypt of US $ 1.11 billion.
“Indonesia’s main export products to Egypt include palm oil, coffee, coconut, thread, and spare parts. Meanwhile, the main import commodity of Indonesia from Egypt is phosphate mineral fertilizer, dates, figs, pine, avocado, guava, mineral fertilizer, drops resulting from the extraction or purification of sugar, and natural calcium phosphate, “he concluded.
Meanwhile, Ahmed Samir Saleh also welcomed the cooperation. According to him, Indonesia is an important trading partner country for Egypt.
“Indonesia is an important partner country for Egypt. We agree that trade relations must be increased to a higher level,” concluded Ahmed.
May 15, 2023, detikFinance