The Indonesian Trade Promotion Centre, ITPC, on Tuesday announced that Nigeria topped the list of trade transactions from West African countries in the 2014 Trade Expo Indonesia, TEI.
ITPC’s Deputy Director, Bona Kusuma, said in Lagos that Nigeria recorded about 21.2 million dollars (N3.5 billion), Togo 6.4 million dollars, Ghana 3.7 million dollars, Cameroon 2.7 million dollars and Republic of Benin 1.9 million dollars worth of transactions.
“From available statistics from West African countries’ transactions in the 2014 TEI, Nigeria recorded the highest level of transaction among Togo, Ghana, Cameroon and Benin.
“And the total transactions of these West African countries at the expo amounted to 35.8 million dollars with Nigeria leading the list of West Africa countries,’’ he said.
Mr. Bona said the expo which held from October 8 to October 12 in Jakarta exposed participants from the region to Indonesian electric lamps, agricultural products, herbal products and medical products.
He said the participants were also exposed to Indonesian’s textile products, food and beverages, margarine, soaps, sardine, paper, cosmetics and rubber products as well as barge and tug boats.
Mr. Bona said the expo had afforded Nigerians opportunities to explore the business in Indonesia.
“TEI is an annual event designed to promote high quality Indonesian-made products and services to the global market, improve business and investment networking.
“The expo gave opportunities to Nigerians and other visitors from West Africa to meet one-on-one with different Indonesian products and services exhibitors,’’ he said.
Mr. Bona expressed satisfaction with the growing interest of some Nigerians in doing business with Indonesians.
The official said that the Indonesian Government would continue to improve on its bilateral relations in the years ahead.
Mr. Bona expressed optimism that by the end of 2014, the trade volume between Nigeria and Indonesia would have risen by 30 percent.