Jakarta IORA - President Joko Widodo took IORA state leaders attending the Indian Ocean Region Association (IORA) Leaders' Summit 2017 to try to sit on a rattan chair produced by Indonesian crafter which was displayed in an exhibition held in the same venue.
President Joko widodo tried to sit on a rocking chair made of rattan at the Indonesia Furniture and Craft Industry Association (HIMKI) booth. President Jokowi, who previously run a furniture business, asked Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Hasina Wajed, President of Mozambique Filipe Nyusi, Vice President of Comoros Djaffar Ahmed Said Hassani, and Vice President of Seychelles Vincent Meriton to try to sit on the rattan chairs displayed at the booth.
In addition to trying to sit on the rattan chair, The president also visited other booths at the exhibition arena. President Jokowi was accompanied by Trade Minister Enggartiasto Lukita and Creative Economy Agency (Bekraf) Head Triawan Munaf.
"The President said the chair was nice and comfortable," said owner of Satori Rattan, Satori, who managed the booth.
Satori stated the rocking chair on which president Jokowi sat was a new product called Elena, which put forward users' comfort.
"We actually feature comfort when making the chair," said Satori.
After the President and the IORA states leaders left the booth, a member of staff of the Prime Minister of Bangladesh returned to the HIMKI booth.
"I'd like to buy the rocking chair sat by President Jokowi, I want two of them," said the staff member who was accompanied by an assistant.
The Bangladeshi prime minister staff member was seen to urge Satori to wrap the chair immediately. Satori explained that the official wanted to take the chair on his flight tomorrow. He insisted on purchasing two units of chair, but there was only one unit ready so the other one would be shipped one month later.
Satori stated that the rocking chair was sold for Rp 2.2 million per unit. (Desca Lidya Natalia)