by Maya M. Padillo
About 24 Indonesian companies are expected to participate in the first Indonesia Fashion Expo on November 24 to 26 at the activity center of Abreeza Mall.
Consul General of Indonesia Berlian Napitupulu told media at Wednesday’s Habi at Kape that he already received confirmation from Indonesian companies which are into wholesale and retail businesses. They will be showcasing their textile, garments, shoes, bags, leather products and accessories.
Napitupulu said he expects walk-ins, retailers, wholesaler, and business owners to witness the expositon. There will be activities that include one-on-one business matching, music and cultural performances, and tourism promotion.
“This is a good opportunity for them (Davao market) to go to Indonesia and spend their money,” he said.
Napitupulu said he will be facilitating a visit of an Indonesian company which is interested to meet the chairman of the National Housing Authority (NHA) Marcelino Escalada. He said this company is manufacturer of pre-fabricated construction materials.
“They bring a product of pre-fabricated concrete. The company produces very effective building materials, they can build a house of 45 square meters by one week. It is of high quality, hurricane proof and earthquake proof. In three months he built 96 buildings including schools, houses, dormitories, hospitals,” Napitupulu said.
He said there will be display of Muslims fashion during the expo.
Napitupulu said the fashion expo is part of the Indonesian consular office efforts to promote the bilateral relations particularly trade relations between Indonesia and Philippines.
He said the Indonesia-Philippines trade relations is very low in terms of growth rate and it is only last year the growth rate has become positive unlike in 2010 to 2015 the growth rate is 0.21 percent.
However, in early 2016 the bilateral growth rate between Indonesia and Philippines surged to 6.2 percent.
“It is a good and encouraging growth rate but if I compare our bilateral relations it is still under Singapore and Thailand. The fact that we are bordering in Mindanao and Sulawesi necessarily reflect the real trade relations that is why here to promote our trade relations,” Napitupulu said.
As part of his efforts to promote the bilateral trade of the two countries, Napitupulu has been bringing four Philippine business delegates to Indonesia Jakarta to Manado and Bitung. In addition to these business missions and matching, they also staged various activities to promote interests of both countries.
This year, the Consulate General of the Republic of Indonesia in Davao City has organized 11 expositions in Mindanao area wherein seven of them are joint programs with the local government.
They participated in the Araw ng Davao and the Kadayawan sa Davao as well as participated in the Kalilangan Festival in General Santos and the Budayaw Festival last August. They were also in Zamboanga Peninsula last October and showcased their products and also participated in the Negosyo Festival in Koronadal. They also conducted a culinary festival in Marco Polo Davao last March, Food and Beverage Expo, and a Manufacturing Expo last July.