Gov. Pete Ricketts has welcomed the Indonesia Consul General to Nebraska.
Rosmalawati Chalid has led a delegation from the southeast Asia archipelago country to the state.
Indonesia is a major trade partner with Nebraska, importing $82 million worth of Nebraska goods last year, half of which were agricultural goods.
“Nebraska is one of the most important partners for Indonesia,” Chalid tells reporters during a Capitol news conference. “In fact, our imports from Nebraska, mainly in soybeans and also corn, is very high. And, Indonesia is actually the second largest importer of soybeans. So, this is how important Nebraska is for us.”
Indonesia is the number two importer of Nebraska soybeans.
Indonesia will soon be importing Nebraska beef and other meats. Eleven Nebraska companies have received licenses to import meat to the country.
“With the beef trade opening up and the expanding middle class in Indonesia, that’s a great opportunity for our producers again to find new markets and be able to expand,” Ricketts says. “It’s certainly one of the things we’ve seen in other countries. When we’ve seen a growing middle class, the demand for our high-quality U.S. beef, especially beef coming from Nebraska.”
Chalid says the current government in Indonesia is working to make reforms and improve its infrastructure in an effort to lure more investment from the United States, including from Nebraska.
“So, we would like to attract businessmen from Nebraska to come and do business in Indonesia,” Chalid says.
Chalid notes Indonesia is a large market, with slightly more than 260 million people. It also can open the door to markets in other southeast Asia countries, according to Chalid.