City officials to meet with Indonesian governors to explore business opportunities

February 29, 2012 08:02 AM
 City of Galesburg officials and members of the EBI Network will be meeting with the governors of two Indonesian Provinces in March of this year. On March 7 , 2012 Mayor Sal Garza and Global Strategies Director Gary Camarano will meet with Prof. Sutanto Soehodho, Deputy Governor of the Jakarta Province (capital city of Indonesia), and on March 15 , 2012, city officials and EBI Network staff members will travel to Chicago to welcome Alex Noerdin, the Governor of South Sumatra. Both governors will be in Illinois to hold discussions about expanding trade relations, Foreign Direct Investment, business opportunities and a Sister Cities International program.
According to Global Strategies Director Gary Camarano, "These conversations represent a real opportunity for us to talk with a rapidly growing marketplace. They need some of the products we make here, and are eager to establish solid trade relations. I am very excited about the opportunity to meet with these gentlemen and to advance the conversations we started late last year when the Indonesian Consul General Benny Banadewha visited Galesburg."
Mayor Sal Garza stated, "There is a lot to discuss with our Indonesian friends. Obviously trade and business opportunities will be at the forefront, as that will be an economic plus for the region, but there are also cultural exchanges we can explore - Sister Cities International programs, student exchanges - these opportunities can also lead to enhanced commerce between us. I look forward to meeting the governors and moving our discussions along."
The meetings will be held in Chicago and are important steps in uncovering opportunities for Galesburg and West Central Illinois businesses. Companies that are export ready in the transportation, energy, agriculture and security industries are encouraged to contact Gary Camarano at the EBI Network to learn about potential opportunities with the Republic of Indonesia. The EBI Network is planning to participate in, and host several inbound and outbound trade missions in 2012 and 2013. For further information contact Gary Camarano, Global Strategies Director for the city of Galesburg, at 309/371-0474.


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