Friday, January 18, 2019

Trade expedition between Banda Aceh and Port Blair; Indonesian Ship 'KM Aceh Millennium' arrives with goods




Port Blair, Jan 09: A pioneer trade expedition from Malahayati Port in Banda Aceh to Port Blair, with an Indonesian Ship 'KM Aceh Millennium' with goods/materials arrived Port Blair on Jan 04, 2019. This expedition could be possible as part of the bilateral trade relations between the countries, only after the official visit of the Prime Minster of India, Shri Narendra Modi to Indonesia and his meeting with President of Indonesia, wherein both the leaders underlined the importance of stronger connectivity, particularly on sea links, in order to facilitate economic co-operation and people to people contact between two maritime neighbors and comprehensive strategic partners.
A brief function was held at Passenger Terminal at Haddo Wharf this evening where the officials of Indonesian Embassy and expedition team members were heartily welcomed. The Secretary Industries, Shri Indu Shekhar Mishra was the chief guest of the function.
In his address, the Secretary Industries described the expedition as a very important step towards developing trade between Andaman and Indonesia, which he said has a bright future. It is right time that Indonesia has taken steps to start trade and A&N Islands will also be taking steps very soon to move forward in this direction, the Secretary added.
He further said that the Administration will hold a meeting with the ACCI and decide over the next step so that a very healthy and good business partnership with Indonesia is established. He also felicitated the officials of the expedition and all the crew members who arrived here by this Ship.
In her address, the Deputy Chief of Mission, Indonesia, FM Suebu expressed gratitude to the Govt. of India, A&N Administration and ACCI for the successful activity/expedition. This year, India and Indonesia commemorate 70th anniversary of full diplomatic relations. This pioneer trade expedition is good start to celebrate the year. As next step, Indonesia will continue its work to collaborate with India towards enhancing connectivity between the two Islands, opening up more opportunity for deeper co-operation, she said.
In his welcome address, the President ACCI, Shri Girish Arora said this expedition was possible due to the signing of MoU between ACCI & Aceh, Indonesia Chamber of Industry to promote development and bilateral economic relations by providing a platform for businessmen to meet, explore business opportunity in trade and investment transfer of technology.  The ship has brought 80 items including construction materials, like cement, wood, crushed stone, fruits, vegetables etc. Some of the materials will be exhibited for promotion of trade at the auditorium of Tagore College of Education, Middle Point on January 6 from 10 am onwards which will be inaugurated by Shri Sidharto R. Suriyadipuro, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia. He also urged all the traders/ businessmen, and general public to visit the venue and get acquainted with the items on display.

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