Subject: AN: ETimorese use Indonesian commodities


January 2, 2004 8:46pm Antara

Atambua, E Nusa Tenggara, Jan 2 (ANTARA) - Indonesian traders from Belu district in East Nusa Tenggara province have observed that the East Timorese prefer Indonesian commodities to those from other countries, a businessman said here Thursday.

"We have observed that the East Timorese prefer Indonesian products to foreign commodities," said Haryanto.

Foreign traders from Indonesia, Australia, Japan and South Korea have been selling their products in East Timor, particularly in its capital, Dili, for the past few years, noted Haryanto who has been earning a living as a trader in Dili.

Most Indonesian traders in Dili are from East Nusa Tenggara, he said, adding that they sell basic commodities and clothing.

Another Indonesian trader from Atambua, Robert Cun, shared Haryanto's views.

"East Timorese culture is similar to that of Indonesia, that is why they prefer Indonesian commodities to foreign products," he said.

Instant noodle is among the Indonesian products popular among the East Timorese, he said.

East Timor, formerly a Portuguese colony, integrated with Indonesia in 1975 but seceded from the republic in 1999.

East Timor shares a border with Indonesia's East Nusa Tenggara.


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