France Aims to Increase Business Presence in Indonesia

France is putting industrial cooperation at the heart of its economic ties with Indonesia as Paris seeks to boost its business presence in Jakarta, report Jakarta Globe, adding that according to French Ambassador to Indonesia, Fabien Penone, bilateral ties have been going strong, particularly on trade and investment with many French companies of different industries already operating in Indonesia. 

“Developing trade is important, but what is most important is the industrial partnership between our two countries. We already have the presence of French companies here on the industrial and technological basis,” Penone told reporters on the sidelines of a water security seminar in Sentul, Bogor, on Friday.

“In the future, we wish to keep reinforcing this industrial partnership. It is a priority. We have major French companies [in Indonesia]. They [come from] different sectors such as mining and consumer goods,” Penone said.

Penone did not give the latest data on how many French companies had expanded to Indonesia. However, his predecessor Olivier Chambard in 2020 said there were at least 200-French companies of different scales operating in Indonesia. Some major French investors in Indonesia include the food company Danone and cosmetics producer L’Oreal, report Jakarta Globe.

Government data shows that Indonesia attracted USD 252.9-million in investment from France in 2022 through 1,160 projects across the archipelago. Indonesia-France trade rose from USD 2.3-billion in 2021 to USD 2.4-billion the following year. Indonesia’s main exports to France in 2022 included machinery and electrical equipment, vegetable oil, and apparel, among others. Cosmetics, electric equipment, and dairy products were among the goods that Indonesia mainly imported from France last year.

Investment in Nusantara

Indonesia’s new capital city on Nusantara has become a top priority in President Jokowi’s foreign economic diplomacy. In a recent bilateral meeting with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Jokowi thanked France for inking four Letters of Intent (LoI) to invest in Nusantara, say Jakarta Globe.

Penone recalled his on-site visit to Nusantara in June, during which he also brought along 20-French business delegates. They represented various sectors, starting from energy and smart city technology to eco-friendly materials.

“We value the importance of [Indonesia’s] new capital. The visit was very important to see that the on-the-ground project is [in the works]. Some French companies are already in touch with the government and the city authority to develop the concrete projects,” Penone said.

Jakarta Globe report that the capital city authority revealed earlier this month that the new capital had amassed 270-Letters of Intent from both domestic and foreign investors, with more than 200 coming from ASEAN, which includes Indonesian businesses.

Source: Jakarta Globe

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