Nigeria, June 5, 2017 – PT Garuda Maintenance Facility Aero Asia (GMF) became one of the delegations to several African countries along with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Republic of Indonesia. The visit with Foreign Minister, Retno Marsudi and Deputy Foreign Minister AM Fachir will be held in four countries namely Nigeria, Senegal, Kenya and Ethiopia on 3 to 10 June 2017. GMF brings the mission of adding international footprint in Africa to support its business expansion in this momentum.
In this occasion GMF also committed an agreement with Max Air, a Nigerian airline, which strengthens the cooperation that has been done since 2013. This agreement was signed by SVP Marketing & Business Development of GMF, Leonardus Andriyanto, and Vice Chairman of Max Air, Alhaji Bashir B. Mangal on the state visit. In this cooperation, Max Air entrusted their C-Check & D-Check 3 of Boeing 747-400 planes and the engineering & maintenance planning program to GMF.
SVP Marketing & Business Development of GMF Leonardus Andriyanto said that the cooperation with Max Air is one of GMF’s efforts to increase international footprint in Africa. “We also hope this cooperation will be followed by others in African region”.
Leonardus added, with this visit, GMF is trying to open new opportunities with airlines from Senegal, Kenya, and Ethiopia which in fact are the countries to be visited by the foreign ministry of the Republic of Indonesia. This visit is an opportunity for the company’s strategy of Business Expansion to achieve the vision in becoming top ten Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) company in the world.
This occasion is valuable for GMF to gain the full support from Ministry of Foreign Affairs. African Director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Daniel Simanjuntak said that GMF is one of the strategic business entities which can be traded to African countries. “This trip will be utilized to sell Indonesian aerospace products such as Garuda Maintenance Facility AeroAsia (GMF) and PT Dirgantara Indonesia,” Daniel said. In addition, Daniel said it would help GMF and other business entities in gaining strategic collaboration with African countries.
In recent years, Indonesia has been actively engaged in economic and trade cooperation with several countries in Africa. Along with Indonesia’s plan in 2018 that would establish an international forum with African countries will further strengthen the economic relations between Africa and Indonesia. “The forum will discuss economic empowerment, business potential and concrete cooperation in the field of security issues,” Daniel added.