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There are big opportunities for Libanon and Arab countries to invest in Indonesia

"They are too much happy with this visit," said Ali al-Masri.

20 Oktober 2016 02:20

During the Trade Expo Indonesia, 12-16 October 2016, Ali al-Masry, the Chairman of World Economic Lobby, brought 50 Lebanese and Arab businessmen and for most of them that is the first visit to Indonesia.

But Ali himself, he has acknowledge that he and many members of the delegation are satisfied. He explained that many members of his delegation has made deals. One of the big ones is medicine.

"Many people interesting and many people made deals," said Ali in an exclusive interview with Faisal Assegaf from Albalad.co on Friday last week. But he said he yet to know the exact value of those deals.

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What is your goal to bring Lebanese businessmen to attend the Trade Expo Indonesia?

First of all, is to make the trade, export and import between Libanon and Arab countries and Indonesia more better. We have more than 2,800 memberships from Libanon and Arab countries.

This is the first visit for us to Indonesia. We saw the expo, the people, and too much interesting Indonesian products. They saw the quality of Indonesian products are very good, they saw the hings are not the same with other countries.

They find something interesting in this country regarding this expo and this expo was big as they wish. And this is a good step for us to visit Indonesia. This is the first time Libanon come with big delegation and who bring this delegation is the World Economic Lobby. They are too much happy with this visit.

Is there any business deal has been achieved during this expo?

Ye, many of business deal, about medicine, coffee. Somebody is interesting about home made from bamboo. Another interested to make a deal on accessories, handbag.

When we back to Libanon, we will make a meeting and make a report about the trade, who made the contract, and we will follow up with the embassy and Mr Andri.

So far, how much the value of business deals have been achieved?

Many people interesting and many people made deals, but we can not fix about the value. I can not give a wrong number. We will inform the embassy as soon as possible. Each one makes deal somewhere and we wait to have a meeting with them all.

Can you mention what is the biggest deal?

The biggest one is about medicine and about material of dresses, silk.

Can you mention about the approximate value?

I told you if I say the number now is not correct. Until I meet them, exactly the people who made the deals, I can not say any number.

Is there any Lebanese investor ineterd on tourism in Indonesia?

In tourism not yet. The people who with me, just two of them visit Indonesia before. The other people, no body visit Indonesia. Today we take them tour inside the city (Jakarta). We take them have a dinner. We saw them Indonesia.

And from now, they will thnik what Indonesia, what they can do here. We will ask later the embassy in Libanon, what kind of section our people can enter the investment, what the facilities provided by the government for investment in Indonesia.    

So, do you believe there is a big opportunity for Lebanese and Arab countries to invest in Indonesia?

One of our member, Saad Najar, a big businessman on construction sector, said he is interested to invest in Bali. I heard about Bali has so many beautiful places.      

Are you satisfied with this visit?

Yes, sure. They all happy, no body disturb them. The embassy manage our visit and programs perfect. This is a good image for next time to come with more big delegation. This is not the first and the last time, this visit opens the door for the future bwtween Indonesia and Libanon, and the World Economic Lobby.

We are ready to make Indonesia-Libanon Business Council. It will be something strong and make good business between the two countries.

What is your first impression about Indonesia?

Indonesia looks similar with China because I live all my life in China. But the culture here, most of the people are muslims, give you more good feeling. The food we are not worry, the people are good, the country is clean.         

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