JAKARTA, April 1 (Xinhua) -- A cooperation seminar between China's Yunnan province and Indonesia's entrepreneur association kicked off here on Monday, in a bid to motivate mutual collaboration in economy and trade, tourism, finance and cultural industry between China and Indonesia.
Li Jiheng, the governor of Yunnan province, said at the seminar that Yunnan and Indonesia have witnessed strengthened exchanges and cooperation in the areas of economy and trade, which help bring tangible benefits to both countries and their people.
"The cooperation of economy and trade, investment and people to people contact between Yunnan and Indonesia has made significant progress in recent years with the effort of Yunnan and Indonesian people," Governor Li said.
According to Li, the total trade volume between Yunnan and Indonesia reached 1.14 billion U.S. dollars in 2011, up 119 percent from a year earlier.
Indonesian coordinating minister for people's welfare Agung Laksono said China and Indonesia have been enjoying high economic growth in recent years and the good cooperation between the two nations benefits each other.
"Yunnan is a beautiful region with rich natural resources and Indonesia considers Yunnan as a partner," Agung said, adding that Indonesian government will strongly support the economic cooperation between Yunnan and Indonesia.
Organized by Yunnan government and Indonesian Chinese Entrepreneur Association, the one-day seminar was attended by around 500 entrepreneurs from Yunnan and Indonesia.