U.S. Companies Engage Government of Indonesia on Food Security and Agricultural Initiatives

(Jakarta) – On February 26, the US-ASEAN Business Council led a delegation of leading U.S. companies to Jakarta as part of its second Food and Agriculture Industry Mission to Indonesia. The Council delegation met with Indonesian government officials, local associations, and key stakeholders in the food and agriculture sector to discuss how the U.S. business community can support Indonesia’s agriculture development objectives and help strengthen the role of the agriculture sector as an engine of growth for Indonesia’s economy. The mission was co-led by Shay Wester, Senior Director of Food and Agriculture and Mr. Pushpanathan Sundram, Senior Advisor Public Policy & Government Affairs, Elanco Animal Health and Chair of the Council’s Food and Agriculture Committee.

“The Council and its members continue to see Indonesia as an important market and partner. The country purchases US$ 3.1 billion worth of U.S. produced goods, making it the 10th largest buyer of U.S. agricultural products” said Shay Wester. “Our Food & Agriculture Committee, which represents all components of the value chain, from agricultural trading and food and beverages to animal health and plant science, remain committed to the long-term growth and development of Indonesia’s agriculture sector and continue to work with the Government of Indonesia to explore new opportunities to expand business, investment and collaboration.”

“Indonesia is one of the top priority countries in ASEAN for U.S. food and agriculture companies. The opportunities of growing our business in Indonesia is bright and at the same time challenging. Such missions continue to assist U.S. companies, and the policy makers and implementers to share their perspectives and find appropriate ways to address market access issues and forge public private partnerships. We were pleased that this mission had contributed to these objectives,” said Mr. Pushpanathan Sundram.

The mission created a key opportunity for the U.S. private sector to further explore such partnerships, and promote the roles of international trade and foreign in improving food security, and support the promulgation of new agri-innovation technologies that can help improve Indonesian farmers’ ability to grow safe and nutritious food.

During the mission, the delegation met with representatives from the Ministry of Agriculture, Ministry of Trade, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Health, Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Environment & Forestry, Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) and the National Agency of Drug & Food Control (BPOM).

Companies participating in the mission include Elanco Animal Health, Cargill, Herbalife Nutrition, MSD Animal Health and PT Hanjaya Mandala Sampoerna, Tbk.

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For over 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.