AmCham Co-hosts VP Kalla at IMF/World Bank Gala
Five US bilateral organizations join hands for event also featuring Sri Mulyani, Luhut Pandjaitan and BI Governor Perry
By AmCham Staff
Sunday, October 28, 2018
The Business Round Table and Gala Dinner AmCham co-hosted with its partners in Bali on the sidelines of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank meetings in October drew a full house audience that included keynote speaker Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Bank Indonesia Governor Perry Warjiyo and BKPM Chairman Tom Lembong.
The packed audience for “Indonesia: The Journey Forward” on October 10 at the Ayodya Resort Hotel in Nusa Dua, Bali included top US and Indonesian business executives and senior government officials from the Coordinating Maritime Ministry, the Finance Ministry, Bank Indonesia and numerous other agencies. US Ambassador to Indonesia Joseph Donovan represented the US government at the event.
AmCham President Brian Arnold and Managing Director A Lin Neumann also gave remarks at the dinner.
“We wish to thank our partners for the event, the US Chamber of Commerce, US-Indonesia Society, American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and US-ASEAN Business Council,” said Neumann. “It was the first time the five organizations have worked together on a common project.
“We also wish to thank the sponsors who made the evening possible – Platinum sponsor, Freeport Indonesia; Gold sponsors, ExxonMobil Indonesia, Citi, Stanley Weiss, Mattel, CT Corp, Mastercard, and Chevron; Silver sponsors, VISA and the Tanoto Foundation,” he said.
A private Business Round Table that preceded the Gala dinner featured Luhut and Sri Mulyani and their key advisors. The ministers took questions from the floor and briefed companies on the Indonesian economy. The government’s message: Invest in Indonesia.
During the Gala itself, Vice President Kalla spoke of the country’s openness for investment, and also thanked the private sector for responding quickly and generously to the earthquake and tsunami in Sulawesi on September 28. Lembong also spoke about disaster relief and the country’s partnership with US investors.
In remarks introducing Lembong, Neumann emphasized the people-to-people partnership symbolized by the private sector response to the tragedy in Sulawesi.
Lembong called the tragedy a “teaching moment” on the value of Indonesia’s close relationship with foreign investors. He praised numerous large US companies that have given generously to relief efforts.
The event was also gratifying for the support offered by the government of Indonesia and the US and Indonesian corporate sponsors. “During a hectic week with literally thousands of meetings taking place in Bali, we were very grateful that the vice president, in addition to the three ministers in charge of the meetings for Indonesia made time to attend this event,” said Neumann. “This was a group effort by all the organizations and companies and we are thankful for the tremendous response we received.”