TIQ continues to build Queensland’s business presence in Indonesia, with a new trade and investment commissioner starting work last month and an expanded TIQ Jakarta team moving to larger premises.
The new premises in Jakarta’s CBD include better facilities for Queensland businesses visiting Indonesia, and more room for additional TIQ staff members who will promote Queensland in this key export market.
New Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Indonesia Ben Giles said that strengthening TIQ’s presence in Jakarta was a strategic move with real economic potential for Queensland.
‘The Indonesian economy is actually the largest of the ASEAN economies, with annual growth of 5–6%,’ he said.
‘It’s a market of 260 million people with a booming middle class, right on Queensland’s doorstep.
‘Indonesia is also home to some very successful businesses looking to expand their global investments, and there’s definitely the potential to connect them to suitable Queensland enterprises.
‘TIQ’s new office is a key part of building a higher profile for Queensland here so that we can take advantage of these emerging opportunities.’
Before joining TIQ, Mr Giles was a Senior Adviser and Trade Commissioner for Austrade for more than a decade.
He said Queensland businesses should consider Indonesia’s long-term economic potential, and its role as a gateway to the larger ASEAN market.
‘Indonesia is predicted to be one of the world’s top 10 economies by 2030, so now is an ideal time to enter the market and start building your business presence with long-term goals in mind,’ he said.
‘The recently signed economic agreement between Australia and Indonesia will reduce export tariffs and paperwork for Queensland businesses wanting to export here.
‘It’s also worth thinking more broadly than just Indonesia, and considering whether you’d like to develop an export plan that takes in more of the ASEAN region.
He invited Queensland business representatives with an interest in Indonesia or plans to visit the market to contact the TIQ team in Queensland or Indonesia for local advice and support.
Strengthening TIQ’s presence in Jakarta is one of 22 initiatives in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.
Mr Giles can be contacted at:
AIA Central, 23rd Floor
Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 48A
+62 (21) 3111 6133