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Govt to boost trade promotion to India, Africa, Latin America

President Joko “Jokowi’ Widodo has asked the trade ministry to pool all the promotion funds currently held by 17 government institutions so that promotion activities could be expanded to non-traditional markets such as India, Africa and Latin America.

“Carry out trade promotion now. So, when the global economy is recovering, we can boost our exports," he told reporters after he officially opened the 31st Indonesia Trade Expo in Kemayoran, Jakarta, on Wednesday

He said that at present, Indonesia was focusing on traditional markets such as Europe, Japan and the US. With the global economic slowdown, Indonesia needed to find new markets for non-oil and gas commodities.

Jokowi also emphasized the need of the quality and designs in order to win the market. (bbn)

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It is commonplace in journalism to write two types of articles at the transition point between the year that has passed and the New Year. As this writer qualifies as an “old hand” in observing Thailand with a track record dating back 14 years, it is time take a shot at what may unfold in Thailand in 2011.

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