Demand high for Indonesian workers: envoy

ABU DHABI — The demand for Indonesian labourers is growing in the UAE due to their hard-working nature, according to the new Ambassador of Indonesia to the UAE, M. Wahid Supriyadi.

By Anwar Ahmad

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Published: Sun 10 Aug 2008, 12:53 AM

Last updated: Sun 5 Apr 2015, 5:01 PM

'We are receiving requests from a lot of companies, particularly in the construction and hospitality sectors, for our workforce, including middle-level and upper-level workers. Hundreds of our workers are engaged in oil and gas sectors,' said Supriyadi, who joined the Indonesian Embassy here on May 1. He was earlier Consul-General in the Embassy of Indonesia in Melbourne, Australia.

Supriyadi is determined to explore new opportunities for the Indonesian community residing in the UAE and back home by pursuing bilateral agreements in different fields.

In an interview with Khaleej Times, Supriyadi said, 'We have a lot of interest in trade and commercial relations with the UAE. During my tenure, I would try to promote business and cultural relations with the UAE.”

'On October 1, we are going to arrange high-level business talks between both the countries in the UAE.'

Several companies from the UAE are investing in Indonesia in different fields, he said. The business ties between both countries are growing. Entrepreneurs from Indonesia visited Dubai and Abu Dhabi and met their counterparts in the Chamber of Commerce in Abu Dhabi recently, he said.

'We are planning to take around 50 businessmen from the UAE to Indonesia for attending the biggest trade expo in Jakarata from October 21 to October 25,' the envoy said.

'The interest in Indonesia is growing by leaps and bounds. According to our calculations, tourist arrivals from the UAE to Indonesia are increasing fast as compared to the past few years.'

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