Bandung wants to be ‘sisters’ with Hong Kong

Padangekspres.net-The West Java capital of Bandung wants to make Hong Kong its newest sister city in a move to improve trade with one of East Asia’s busiest cities.

“The city of Bandung has established trade cooperation with Hong Kong. In future [this cooperation] is expected to be tied to a sister city [agreement],” Deden Hidayat, the head of the Bandung branch of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin), said Tuesday in Bandung.

The “breakthrough”, Deden said, would be a strategic move because Hong Kong was an international trade portal through with Bandung could reach out to the rest of East Asia.

He added that the move was also expected to inspire Bandung to produce higher-quality products, especially processed food and furniture.

Bandung currently has sister city relationships with Germany's Brauschweigh and South Korea's Suwon.

“However, the opportunities for trade cooperation with Hong Kong are much bigger, given that there are about 160,000 Indonesian citizens there. So, the market potential is clear for Bandung products,” Deden said as quoted by Antara.

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