Economic Delegation of Greater Houston Partnership Meets With Business Heads in Jakarta
An international economic delegation made up of 24 CEOs from 22 companies in the United States, Canada, Scotland, Spain, Singapore, and New Zealand attended an Indonesian economic forum at the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) office here on Thursday.
The economic delegation`s visit was initiated by the Greater Houston Partnership (GHP), World Bank`s Private Sector Liaison Officers (PSLO), and the Indonesian Consulate General (KJRI) in Houston, Al Busyra Basnur, the Indonesian consul general in Houston said in a statement here on Thursday.
The aims of the visit are to strengthen economic ties with Indonesia and to receive first hand information about the Indonesian economy, he said.
"They are engaged in the sectors of energy, environment, education, international trading, and public works," the consul general said.
Deputy Chief of BKPM Achmad Kurniadi, in his opening remarks at the economic forum, said now was the right moment to invest in Indonesia because of its rapid economic growth, dynamic population demographics, and new policies supporting the development acceleration programs.
"Indonesia is currently very open to foreign investment and we want you to use this opportunity," he said, as quoted in the statement.
During their stay in Jakarta, the delegates are also scheduled to participate in an economic briefing to be organized by the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank.
Further, they are to meet officials from the tourism and creative economic ministry, the public works ministry, the Indonesian chamber of commerce and industry (Kadin), the national development planning agency (Bappenas), the energy and human resource ministry, the education and culture ministry, the environmental affairs ministry, and the research and technology application agency (BPPPT).
They will also visit "The 27th Trade Expo Indonesia 2012" in Jakarta to explore business opportunities in Indonesia.