The Indonesian Chamber’s economic development plan to strengthen ties with Qatar
The Aceh Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin Aceh) will draw up an economic development plan aimed at boosting bilateral relations between Indonesia and Qatar in a wide variety of sectors, an official said.
Dr. Phil Suraiya IT MA, Vice President of Kadin Aceh, said Gulf Hours that the chamber’s economic development plan includes the following industries: oil and gas (energy), agriculture and fishing, halal tourism, and connectivity and transport “through a collaboration with Qatar Airways”.
According to Suraiya, who recently led an Indonesian business delegation to the country, the plan will initially be presented to the Qatar-Indonesia Business Council (QIBC) and the respective embassies of the two countries.
“Kadin Aceh also plans to forge cooperative ties with the Qatar Chamber to establish a sustainable mechanism for dialogue and a platform for discussion and other development plans.
“We are also in talks with Farhan al-Sayed, Chairman of the Qatar-Indonesia Business Council, to develop strong institutional, business and commercial relations between our chamber and QIBC,” she explained.
Suraiya added: “Our visit to Doha was also aimed at meeting colleagues and following up on possible collaboration between Qatar and Aceh in the fields of education, culture and economic development.
“We are also looking to collaborate with Qatar in the field of education, as we have universities and colleges focusing on nursing and health. The province of Aceh, in particular, and the island of Sumatra, in general, could have positive prospects for partnership in the field of health.
QIBC Chairman Farhan al-Sayed further explained that the Indonesian delegation had arrived in Doha to strengthen cooperation between Qatar and Aceh, a semi-autonomous Indonesian province located at the northwestern tip of the island of Sumatra.
Besides Suraiya, who is also Aceh’s senior human resource development adviser, al-Sayed said he also met with other members of the delegation, such as Indonesian businessman and philanthropist Dr. Rusli Bintang, as well as Dr. Harmani Harun, vice-chancellor of Malahayati University.
“The objectives of the delegation during this visit were to improve the connectivity between Qatar and Indonesia and how to bring it to a higher level in the field of general trade, education, coffee export , fruits, vegetables and halal foods, as well as various other projects.
Apart from investment opportunities in agriculture and infrastructure, al-Sayed said discussions were held with Korina Refinery Aceh director Said Malawi, who was also a member of the delegation representing the refinery sector in Aceh. oil from Aceh.
According to Malawi, the Indonesian government is inviting investors from Qatar to explore the Aceh refinery sector and forge joint projects for different downstream products, such as jet fuel, diesel and lubricating oil, among others.