Indonesia is targeting to attract 2.5 million visitors to its pavilion in one of the oldest global events, the World Expo, which will be held in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), next year, as it aims to boost cooperation in trade and investment with Middle Eastern and African countries.
Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto reiterated on Thursday that Indonesia would still participate in the event, which is held every five years, despite a year-long postponement to October 2021 from this year, due to the COVID-19 global crisis.
The event is scheduled to last until March 2022. Indonesia is set to have a 3,000-square-meter pavilion, joining 192 participating countries that will promote their tourism, culture, economy and technological achievements, Agus said.
The Indonesian pavilion is set to combine the futuristic and the traditional, according to the Trade Ministry. “We will exhibit and promote trade, tourism and investment with Indonesia [at the pavilion], as well as introduce our Golden Indonesia 2045 Vision,” he said during the broadcasted Indonesia’s pavilion mascot and logo unveiling event on Thursday, referring to Indonesia’s 100-year independence milestone.
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed his ministers to take advantage of the event to expand Indonesia’s trade partnership, especially with emerging economies in the Middle East and the Africa region, according to the minister.
The statement came as the country struggled with slowing global trade as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Indonesia’s total exports from January to August stood at US$103.16 billion, a 6.51 percent year-on-year (yoy) drop from the same period last year.