The Jakarta Post
Products from Indonesian small and medium enterprises (SMEs) are being sold at the ASEAN Street Bazaar at Wisma Geylang Serai Market, Singapore, which runs until June 12.
The bazaar is part of a plan to promote the ASEAN Community by the Singaporean government, which is currently the ASEAN chairman. High-ranking officials from the Singaporean government, including Foreign Minister Vivian Balakrishnan and Senior Minister of State Mohammad Maliki Osman, officially opened the bazaar on Thursday. Ambassadors from ASEAN countries also attended the opening ceremony.
Indonesian Ambassador to Singapore Ngurah Swajaya said in a release that Indonesian booths were selling products such pearl and silver jewelry, clothing and handbags made from traditional Indonesian fabrics, as well as handicrafts and home appliances.
The bazaar is part of the annual Hari Raya Bazaar Festival, the largest and longest festival in Singapore, organized by the Geylang Serai Community Club. Every Ramadhan, the Hari Raya Bazaar in Geylang attracts over 1.4 million locals and tourists from neighboring countries.
Ngurah said the Indonesian Embassy in Singapore would use any opportunity at the event to carry out economic diplomacy as instructed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo.
“We hope the SMEs can market their products and open business-to-business relations with businessmen here.”
He added that Indonesia’s participation in the bazaar was to prove to Singaporeans that Indonesia remained safe after the terror attacks in Surabaya.
“At a bazaar like this we can show that the terror attacks in Surabaya won’t destabilize Indonesia. […] we will keep reassuring all parties, especially Singaporean investors and tourists, not to worry when visiting,” Ngurah said.
One of the booths at the ASEAN Street Bazaar is promoting Indonesia as the host of the Asian Games. (ebf)