U.S. Business Community engages with H.E. H.M. Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia on Sidelines of UN General Assembly

(New York City) - The American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, the Consulate General of Indonesia and KADIN Indonesia US Committee (KIKAS), U.S. Chamber of Commerce and US-ASEAN Business Council (US-ABC) convened top U.S. business leaders to this morning to honor the visit of H.E. H.M. Jusuf Kalla, Vice President of the Republic of Indonesia and H.E. Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs of Indonesia. The event was held on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly.

The event honored Vice President Kalla for his two terms of service, and marked the 70th anniversary of U.S.-Indonesia diplomatic relations. Vice President Kalla met and addressed U.S. business leaders at the Indonesian Consulate General.

“Vice President Kalla has demonstrated his commitment to engage both the domestic and foreign business communities throughout his time in the Indonesian government and especially as Vice President during President Jokowi’s first term,” said Alexander C. Feldman, President and CEO of the US-ASEAN Business Council. “The Council was pleased to have the chance to thank and recognize the work of Vice President Kalla today and bring the U.S. business and Indonesian business communities together in New York. Vice President Kalla has always encouraged stronger collaboration between our members and Indonesian businesses. We are grateful for his support throughout his time in office. And as Southeast Asia’s largest economy, Indonesia continues to play a key role in ASEAN’s success, and generate attention and investment from our members. We look forward to continuing the productive conversations from today’s event and bringing our delegation to meet the Government of Indonesia during our annual business mission in December.”

“Today we honored Indonesia’s outgoing Vice President, a businessman who served two Presidents and was always available to work on practical solutions to trade and investment issues,” said Wayne Forrest, President of the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce. “Our friends at Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce, KADIN, sent a first-class team of senior executives whose interactions with our newer members at today’s event were extremely valuable.”

“The KIKAS USA Roadshow 2019 will be a pivotal gateway for more robust trade and investment flows between both countries to take place,” said Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Vice Chairwoman of the Indonesia Chamber of Commerce and Industry and CEO of Sintesa Group. “This is further bolstered by the US-China trade war, presenting opportunities that Indonesia is well positioned to seize, and to be regarded as a reliable alternative producer and supplier of certain classes of goods & services affected by the ongoing conflict.”

“The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has greatly appreciated the Vice President’s support over the past decade,” said Charles Freeman, the Chamber’s Senior Vice President for Asia. “We are delighted today to refresh our longstanding MOU with our partners at KADIN. In the face of global trade tensions, it is imperative that we work together more closely to open markets and facilitate greater levels of trade and investment. Moreover, we look forward to the 7th annual U.S.-Indonesia Investment Summit in Jakarta on November 21, during which we will talk in detail about the policies and approaches that can grow our economic relationship.”

The US-ABC and AICC entered a strategic partnership in March 2013 to share resources and knowledge with the shared goal of promote U.S.-Indonesian relations.

The American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC): A private membership organization headquartered in New York since 1949, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC) was the first US organization to openly lobby for Indonesia’s independence. Its members include major investors who have contributed greatly to Indonesia’s economic development as well as small companies who are the lifeline in the US for Indonesia’s exports. AICC members are primarily US companies but also include companies based in Indonesia as well as other countries.

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce: The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world’s largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations. Its International Affairs division includes more than 80 regional and policy experts and 25 country- and region-specific business councils and initiatives. The U.S. Chamber also works closely with 117 American Chambers of Commerce abroad.

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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.