JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com – Indonesian state trading company PT Perusahaan Perdagangan Indonesia (PPI) began shipping six containers of coffee to Egypt, following a total contract of 3,000 tons throughout 2022.
The products were produced by farmers in Sumatra island, such as Lampung, Jambi, Bengkulu, and other parts of Sumatra.
“This is our first-ever export in 2022, we will send six containers of coffee to Egypt,” president director of PT PPI Nina Sulistyowati said at the launching in Lampung, on Sunday, Jan. 30.
PT PPI has signed a contract to export 3,000 tons of coffee to Egypt this year that will be shipped in stages from January to December.
The company would expand its market to other countries in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East.
During the virtual event, State-Owned Enterprises Minister Erick Thohir underscored the importance of support from various government agencies and the private sector.
“The state-owned enterprises want to develop coffee because 96 percent of its production involves farmers,” Erick said.
“But, the state-owned enterprises can't work alone or without the supports from the regional administrations, Trade Ministry, coffee associations, and private sector as part of an ecosystem,” he added.
The minister said that if you only build the ecosystem that benefits some groups, it will only create divisions and damage the economy.
“It’s impossible for our country’s economy to continue to grow if there is no unity. We can’t create an economic balance if the rich get richer, the poor get poorer, especially during the Covid-19 pandemic,” he said.
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