US-ASEAN Business Council Leads Second Segment of Inaugural Post-ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting Roadshow in Jakarta

(Jakarta) – On March 20, the Council convened the Post-ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting Roadshow, which was attended by Indonesian government officials and stakeholders, and six major U.S. infrastructure companies. As an integral continuity of the 2018 Business Mission, the themes for the Roadshow are High-Quality Infrastructure and Safety.  The inaugural Roadshow is a follow-up to the Council-led Business Mission to the 24th ASEAN Transport Ministers Meeting in November 2018, where U.S. companies officially engaged with the ASEAN Ministers of Transport and Senior Transport Officials on key infrastructure issues. Ambassador Michael W. Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director of the US-ASEAN Business Council, led the Roadshow.

“The Roadshow reaffirms the American private sector’s commitment to the region and our shared desire to see ASEAN continue to grow and prosper,” said Ambassador Michalak. “Over the next decade, ASEAN nations will require approximately $210 billion per year, or 5.7 percent of its combined GDP, to address the region’s infrastructure needs by 2030. This massive investment need is critical to building quality infrastructure for overall regional economic development.”

“As Indonesia, like many other nations in the region, seeks to upgrade and expand its transportation infrastructure to support economic growth and development, 3M, along with the larger American business community, is keen to provide the necessary support in terms of expertise and science-based technology to ensure world class infrastructure projects,” said Jannik Brømsøe Termansen, Regional Director, Government Affairs & Markets of 3M, and Chair of the US-ABC Infrastructure Committee. “Where 3M has expertise - from road, rail and occupational safety to architectural design and sustainable solutions - the Government of Indonesia can count on us to be a partner in realizing the dream of an efficient, safe, and quality transportation network in the country.”

The Roadshow aims to serve as a useful platform to deepen public-private collaboration and enhance the ability of key changemakers to meet their infrastructure goals. Representatives from the U.S. Department of Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance, Institute for Development of Economics and Finance, and Bank Mandiri started off the roadshow with insights on the challenges in infrastructure financing and bankability of projects. A series of informative sessions by the consortium of U.S. companies followed, sharing successful case studies and best practices in addressing current challenges across the full transport infrastructure value chain and project life cycle, as well as guidance on maintaining and advancing safety through technology and design.

Indonesian government officials and relevant stakeholders also had the opportunity to engage with specific U.S. companies for targeted technical guidance and expert advisory during a panel session.

The Mission concluded with definitive plans to deepen partnerships with the ASEAN Transport Ministers in the areas of high-quality infrastructure and safety, in which U.S. companies expressed interest in supporting ASEAN in the holistic implementation of safety across all phases of road transport and railway infrastructure projects.

Participating members from the Infrastructure Committee are: Committee Chair, Caterpillar represented by Jeffrey Hardee, Executive Director; Committee Vice Chair, 3M represented by Dr. John Pournoor, International Director, Government Affairs; Autodesk represented by Daniel Green, APAC Director of Government Affairs; Bechtel represented by Michael Patterson, Regional Business Development Manager for Bechtel; and FedEx Express represented by Rhicke Jennings, Managing Director, Indonesia. In addition, Honeywell also participated in the Roadshow.

Post-ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting Roadshow Attendees (from left to right): Greg MacDonald, Asia Pacific Manager for Construction, Bechtel; Michael Patterson, Regional Business Development Manager, Bechtel; Mark Flint, Business Development Manager Asia Pacific, Progress Rail (Caterpillar); Dendi Ramdani, Head of Industry and Regional Research, Bank Mandiri; Jeffrey Hardee, Executive Director, Caterpillar; Rhicke Jennings, Managing Director, Indonesia, FedEx Express; Arthur F. Simonson, Infrastructure and Project Finance Advisor, Southeast Asia, U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Technical Assistance; Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President and Regional Managing Director, U.S. ASEAN Business Council; Purbaya Yudhi Sadewa, Deputy Minister for Maritime Sovereignty, Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs; Deputy Chief of Mission Heather Variava, U.S. Embassy Jakarta; Djoko Sasono, Secretary General, Ministry of Transportation; Dr. John Pournoor, International Director, Government Affairs, 3M; Imaduddin Abdullah, Economist, Institute for Development of Economics and Finance (INDEF); Daniel Green, APAC Director of Government Affairs, Autodesk; and Angga Antagia, Country Representative for Indonesia, US-ASEAN Business Council

Post-ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting Roadshow Panelists (from left to right): Sukarman, Deputy Director of the Development Potential and Commodities for Regional Economy, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs; Jonter Sitohang, Deputy Director of Partnership Facilitation and Investment, Ministry of Transportation; Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director, US-ASEAN Business Council; Werdi Ariyani, Head of Sub directorate of America, Europe and Africa, Ministry of Trade; M. Yugihartiman, Head of Research and Development Center for Multimode Transportation, Ministry of Transportation; and Dr. Mego Pinandito, Deputy of Scientific Service, Indonesia Institute of Sciences (LIPI).

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Post-ASEAN Transport Ministers’ Meeting Roadshow Panelists (from left to right): Ambassador Michael Michalak, Senior Vice President & Regional Managing Director, US-ASEAN Business Council; Sukarman, Deputy Director of the Development Potential and Commodities for Regional Economy, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs; Jonter Sitohang, Deputy Director of Partnership Facilitation and Investment, Ministry of Transportation.

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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.