Libya was awaiting Indonesia’s commitment to realize delivery plan of 5 thousand Toyota Avanza this year. Assuming 5 thousand units accomplish this year, next year Libya planned to step up import of the said product to 10 thousand unit. Mahyudin Nawawi, Secretary General of Indonesia-Libya Frienship Council [LPIL] disclosed this to Business Nwes.
“We heard that there had been objections from the principals of Toyota Motor Corp in Japan if Indonesia had to export to Libya. Meanwhile if Indonesia’s business was running well, Libya would increase their imports of automotives which were actually to be used for government’s purposes”.
Bachrul Chairi, Head of the Board of National Export Development [BPEN] of the Ministry of Trade, in response to the problem said that the case had been brought forth to the Ministry of Trade Mari Elka Pangestu, who was now trying hard to sort out the case.
To Indonesia, Libya was one of the most important trading partner, because with Libya’s economic growth between 6% and 8%, vast trading opportunities were available, including investment in construction. There had been a good number of Indonesian contractors who under took various important project in Libya such as in architecture, and in the production of raw materials like cement. Indonesia also had the opportunity to send skilled and semi-skilled migrant workers to Libya, as well as experts in oil-gas technology, and construction.