U.S. Businesses Encourage Indonesia to Harness ICT

(Jakarta) American Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Companies concluded a two-day ICT business mission to Indonesia with an ICT workshop to explore best practices and policies for Indonesia to harness ICT as a means to enable growth.

The workshop was attended by approximately 130 government officials from relevant ministries and departments, members of the House of Representatives, academia, business and media.

"We believe that supporting Indonesia's efforts to strengthen its ICT policy and regulatory frameworks and national ICT master plan can produce opportunities for both the public and private sector. Intensifying ICT penetration will enable growth, human resources and skills development, and increases ICT capital investment. This can be done via ICT policy and regulatory formulation and application that builds upon the role of the private sector in leading innovation", said Matthew Daley, President of the US-ASEAN Business Council. The US-ASEAN Business Council delegation consists of senior executives from Hewlett-Packard, Microsoft, Oracle, TimeWarner and STAR Group.

The mission is the first ever business mission by the ICT Working Group of the US-ASEAN Business Council. During the mission, the delegation met with H.E. Sofyan Djalil, Minister of Information Communications Technology; H.E. Paskah Suzetta, Minister for National Development Planning; H.E. Kusmayanto Kadiman, State Minister of Research and Technology; H.E. Theo Sambuaga, Chair of Commission I and members of Commission I of DPR-RI; Mr. Abdul Bari Azed, Director General of IPR.

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For 35 years, the US-ASEAN Business Council has been the premier advocacy organization for US corporations operating within the dynamic Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Worldwide, the Council's membership, more than 160 companies, generate over $6 trillion in revenue and employ more than 13 million people globally. Members include the largest US companies conducting business in ASEAN, and range from newcomers to the region to companies that have been working in Southeast Asia for over 100 years. The Council has offices in: Washington, DC; New York, NY; Bangkok, Thailand; Hanoi, Vietnam; Jakarta, Indonesia; Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Manila, Philippines; and Singapore.