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Trade Promotion: Indonesia

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills what steps he is taking to promote UK trade and investment with Indonesia. (320962)

Indonesia is one of UK Trade and Investment’s 17 high-growth markets which received additional resource in 2006 to ensure UK business can benefit from the opportunities in this market. The Asia Task Force chaired by my noble Friend the Secretary of State undertakes an outreach programme alerting UK business to the potential of Asia markets, Indonesia is a key component of this work. We expect this work to continue throughout 2010.

My noble Friend the Minister of State for Trade, Investment and Small Business visited Jakarta in November 2009. During meetings with the Government of Indonesia, he secured progress on a number of important market access issues that will help to open doors for British business. Following this visit, a report has been commissioned on doing business with Indonesia which will help UK companies to understand and navigate the business environment better in Indonesia. This work will be disseminated broadly later in the year.