Governor Meets Ambassador, England Increase Cooperation With Java East Java is ready to increase cooperation with the UK, particularly in the fields of investment, vocational education, and trade.
The readiness of the Governor of East Java, Dr. H. Soekarwo while receiving the Ambassador (Ambassador) English, Moazzam Malik at the State House Grahadi Surabaya, Thursday (14/1).
Pakde Karwo, familiar greeting the governor of East Java, said cooperation with the United very profitable for Java, it is seen from the balance of trade in East Java to England in 2015 (in the period from January to November), which had a surplus of 134 million US $, of which export value reached US $ 225.5 million, while imports amounted to US% 91.5 million.
Commodity main non-oil export of East Java to the UK is leather, leather goods and shoes / footwear, wood processing, food and beverage, pulp and paper, as well as agriculture, while the main commodity imports of non-oil and gas in East Java from the UK are pharmaceutical products, iron and steel, machinery -engine and automotive, pulp and paper, basic chemicals, and plastics.
Whereas the investment value of the UK until the third quarter 2015, a total of 83 projects with a total value of US $ 4.4 billion with a workforce of 17 813 the number of people in the various sectors, including the chemical and pharmaceutical industry, food industry, as well as industrial metals, machinery and electronics.
Pakde Karwo said, one of the co-operation that could be improved is in the field of investment, it opened up opportunities for British investors who want to open a processing plant (smelter), especially steel in East Java. Because, until now Java is still importing steel from the UK, so its cost is moderate.
“We are still importing steel from the UK, whereas the cost of the UK to East Java distribution is very large, therefore, to build a smelter in East Java is the right solution, Java is very efficient, we ICOR 4.94 and the market does not only serve the local community, but se East -Indonesia “he said.
Later, the factory can take local labor around the factory, either unskill and skill, while their experts could be imported from the UK in order to avoid turmoil in the location of the plant is established. This is one example of cooperation in the field of vocational education.
“Of course the local workforce must be trained and certified by the United Kingdom, so that they can work according to the British standard in the factory” he said.
In the field of trade, Pakde Karwo revealed, it will melaksanakantrade mission that begins with forming a special team that aims to prepare a prospectus Java to be offered to the British businessman.
“Before the British businessmen here, we will prepare a book containing the prospectus Java, so when come here for the sake of Business-to-business (B2B), they already know what opportunities they could take in East Java. Conversely, we also asked the British prospectus that can be taken by employers Java “he said.
In line with Pakde Karwo, the British ambassador, Moazzam Malik, said he welcomed the increased cooperation between the UK and East Java. “Java is a province which has an important role in the progress of Indonesia, both today and the future. Therefore, we agreed to enhance cooperation, “he said.
Moazzam said, the seriousness of the UK to strengthen cooperation with the East Java has been demonstrated by opening the Center for the Study of English (British Council) at the Grand City Mall Surabaya, the signing of the MoU between the British Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) and Surabaya in 2015.
“Most recently, this morning I open a visa office in Surabaya so that the people of East Java, especially in Surabaya do not need to bother to Jakarta for a visa to the UK. We hope there will be many people visiting England East Java for business, sightseeing, or other matters “he said.
Related cooperation with East Java, Moazzam said it will form a team to prepare a prospectus England. “In the coming weeks we will announce a partnership in more detail, among others, in the field of higher education, vocational education, and education in English” he said.
“All three were important for the children of East Java, and employees in Java in order to compete in the era of globalization, using English as an international language” he concluded