ST. LOUIS (AP/KMOV) -- Former Senator Kit Bond is leading a mission of St. Louis area companies and colleges in Indonesia- the world's fourth most populated country.
The World Trade Center, St. Louis and the Indonesian government reached agreement to increase trade between the two.
Officials say the goal is to boost local business abroad.
Executives of Boeing Co. and five other businesses are along on the weeklong visit.
World Trade Center St. Louis executive director Tim Nowak says that Indonesia and other southeast Asian countries are likely to be major new trade partners for the U.S. and markets for exports from St. Louis area companies.
Officials say this is a great opportunity for local companies to make St. Louis a major player of the global stage in exports.