DTI Undersecretary Adrian S. Cristobal met with his Indonesian counterpart, Vice-Minister of Trade Dr. Bayu Krisnamurthi on July 10, 2014 in Jakarta, Indonesia. The bilateral meeting discussed areas of cooperation on sea connectivity, seaweeds, mining, palm oil and other agricultural exports and investments initiatives. The Indonesian government announced the opening of Bitung Port in North Sulawesi as a gateway port and the lifting of three products previously banned at the Port of Bitung. The said initiative is expected to pave the way for increased trade, tourism and investments between Mindanao and the North Sulawesi region.