Indonesia, Russia Sign MoU to Trade Palm, Coffee for Sukhoi Jets

Russian aircraft manufacturer Sukhoi plans to establish a maintenance, repair and overhaul facility in Indonesia to comply with the Defense Industry Law, which sets an 85-percent offset obligation on the total purchase of defense equipment from abroad, Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) chairman Thomas Lembong said on Tuesday (31/10). (Antara Photo/Siswowidodo)

By : REUTERS | on 9:52 AM August 07, 2017
Category : Business, Commodities, Featured

Jakarta. Indonesian state trading company Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia and Russian state conglomerate Rostec have signed a preliminary deal to trade Sukhoi Su-35 jets for commodities like palm oil and coffee, the Indonesian trade ministry said.

A memorandum of understanding (MoU) was signed in Moscow and further details about the expected deal will be announced in the coming days by the Indonesian trade and defense ministers, Indonesian trade ministry official Imam Pambagyo said on Sunday (06/08).

"This barter under the supervision of both governments hopefully will soon be realized through the exchange of eleven Sukhoi Su-35s and a number of Indonesian exports, starting from coffee and tea to palm oil and strategic defense products," Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita said in a statement released on Friday.

There were no details on the value of the deal or the quantity of commodities Indonesia would potentially ship to Russia.

Lukita was in Moscow for an Indonesia-Russia business forum.

Russia is currently facing a new round of US-imposed trade sanctions, while Indonesia is trying to promote its palm oil products amid threats of a cut in consumption by European Union countries.

Enggartiasto said Indonesia is trying to expand its trade and partnerships with Russia as that country is currently under a trade embargo with the United States and the EU.

Indonesia, which had a $411 million trade surplus with Russia in 2016, aims to expand its partnership in tourism, education, energy, technology and aviation among others.

Reuters

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