VECO Indonesia is once again participating at Indonesia’s largest annual business-to-business (B2B) trade event, the 32nd Trade Expo Indonesia 2017. VECO Indonesia’s participation at Trade Expo started in 2014 and for the last three years has been organised with the support of the Sustainable Coffee Platform of Indonesia (SCOPI), a national coffee platform aimed at promoting and enhancing public private partnership in coffee production and trade.
Unlike previous years, the 2017 Expo was held at the International Convention Exhibition (ICE) in Pagedangan, Banten instead of the trade fair grounds at Kemayoran, Jakarta. The Expo this year was launched by Ir. Joko Widodo, President of the Republic of Indonesia. According to the Ministry of Trade, 4,500 buyers from 79 countries and 1,100 exporters from across the nation attended the Expo which lasted for five days from 11 to 15 October 2017.
Seven VECO Indonesia farmer organisations partners attended this year’s event. From the coffee sector, the Flores-based Manggarai Coffee Farmers Association (ASNIKOM) and the Society for the Protection of the Geographic Indicator of Arabica Flores Bajawa (MPIG-AFB), Sulawesi-based Toraja Coffee Farmers Union (PPKT) and Benteng Alla Cooperative, and Jambi-based Koerintji Barokah Bersama Cooperative took part in the trade expo. Koerintji Barokah also promoted cinnamon, which is one of Jambi’s leading commodity, apart from Coffee.