“Indonesia and Vietnam share several conditions that can help enhance our economic relationship,” said Indonesian Ambassador Mayerfas at a business conference organised in Hanoi on April 4.

He mentioned huge populations, economic growth, rising purchasing power parity, geographical closeness and membership in ASEAN as potentials for bilateral cooperation.

During the event, held by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce of Industry (VCCI) and the Indonesian Embassy in Hanoi , Indonesian business representatives heard about the host country’s investment policy as well as specific tax regulations.

Vietnam has become a new destination for Indonesian investors and several companies have been very active in exploring opportunities and completing deals with Vietnamese companies, the ambassador said.

He urged the Vietnamese business community to explore Indonesia ’s investment and business climate and learn about the opportunities the market holds for foreign investors.

“While Indonesia is becoming more attractive to foreign investors, we sincerely look forward to Vietnamese entrepreneurs taking full advantage of what Indonesia has offered, both in terms of business and investment,” he said.

Bilateral trade and investment between the two nations have developed significantly over the past years, said head of VCCI’s International Relations Department Pham Quang Thinh, who added that the two business communities could bring the relationship to a higher level.

Dang Xuan Quang, deputy head of the Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Foreign Investment Agency, emphasised the importance of accelerating the two nations’ ties with a focus on speeding up trade and investment promotion and links between the two private sectors.

Last year, two-way trade turnover reached 4.6 billion USD, with Vietnamese rice, telephones and electronic components (as well as other exports) contributing over 2.35 billion USD.

Vietnam imported more than 2.24 billion USD worth of goods from Indonesia , including paper, cooking oil and chemicals.

As of March, Indonesian investors had pumped 285 million USD into 34 projects in Vietnam . In turn, Vietnamese businesses had seven projects in Indonesia worth 107 million USD.-VNA