BANDUNG - West Java Governor, Ridwan Kamil received an honorary visit from Ambassador of Georgia to the Republic of Indonesia, H.E. Irakli Asashvili in Gedung Pakuan, Bandung, Tuesday (6/8/19). In the meeting, the two parties discussed about trade cooperation, especially West Java coffee exports to Georgia.
According to RK - as Ridwan Kamil is called --, approximately 90 percent of Georgian coffee import comes from Indonesia, but it has not done directly. Therefore, by means of cooperation with West Java, it is hoped that Georgia coffee imports can be done directly or direct trade from Indonesia.
"We just heard the news that 90 percent of the coffee there which people loved is from Indonesia. So, we will immediately focus on exporting coffee, especially Robusta," RK said when met after the meeting.
"Because the fact is now the Indonesian coffee goes first to Western Europe and then sold to Georgia. So, the price is too expensive and going around."
"With his coming here, we will change the model to direct trade of West Java farmers," he added.
To follow up the meeting, said RK, in the near future, there will be a visit of coffee entrepreneurs from Georgia. Then, the entrepreneurs will meet directly with coffee farmers in West Java.
"Later, there will be an additional visit, coffee entrepreneurs will come. Later, I will meet the farmer's coop, so there will be a fair export-import," he said.
Besides coffee trade cooperation, Georgia is also interested in other things from West Java, such as bureaucratic reform and economic vision. In addition, there is a desire from Georgia to buy aircraft made by PT Dirgantara Indonesia (DI).
"He (Ambassador of Georgia) choose West Java because there are a lot of positive news during the ten months (the leadership of Ridwan Kamil-Uu Ruzhanul Ulum in West Java), related to bureaucratic reform, economic vision, and others," said RK.
"He is also interested in buying aircraft from PT DI and of course we will also see what we can buy (from Georgia), so the trade balance is also balanced," he added.
The same thing was also said by H.E. Irakli Asashvili. He admitted, his meeting with the Governor of West Java was very meaningful. During the meeting, it was discussed about the export-import cooperation between Georgia and West Java, one of them is coffee.
"We discussed about cooperation between Georgia and West Java. We discussed trade or export-import cooperation which might be possible, especially coffee," he said.
"And we also talk about bureaucratic reform, we share information related to that," he added.
According to Irakli, his meeting with the Governor of West Java was the first step of the Georgian businessmen visit planning to West Java.
"This meeting is also a preparation for us who will conduct a business forum which will be attended by entrepreneurs from Georgia," he concluded.