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NEWS UPDATES Asean Affairs   16 September 2013  
Leading U.S. ICT Companies Engage in Indonesia

(Jakarta) A delegation of leading U.S. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) companies organized by the US-ASEAN Business Council visited Indonesia this week and met with government officials and representatives of the business sector to discuss the importance of ICT as an enabler for economic growth and development, supporting small and medium size enterprises, expanding access to education and spurring entrepreneurship and innovation. The delegation also visited Malaysia earlier this week. The mission was led by the Council’s ICT Committee Chair Elizabeth Hernandez, Vice President of Government Relations for Hewlett Packard, Asia Pacific and Elizabeth Dugan, Vice President for Operations at the US-ASEAN Business Council.
 
“Indonesia is ASEAN’s largest country and economy, and the importance of an enabling environment for ICT cannot be overstated. It can expand educational opportunities, create jobs, support small business and launch a whole new generation of entrepreneurs,” said Elizabeth Hernandez of HP.  “ICT solutions are lowering costs and barriers for entry for small business and collaborating with the Indonesian government and domestic private sector to ensure these technologies can be accessed by all Indonesians is critical to the country’s economic development.”
 
The delegation met with senior level government officials from the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Ministry of Industry, Ministry of Education, Ministry of Trade, Coordinating Ministry of Economic Affairs, and the National Development Planning Agency (BAPPENAS).  The group also held a roundtable that brought together representatives from local technology startups and the Ministry for Cooperatives and SMEs.  Topics of discussion included investment in education and skills training to fill the growing demand for high-skill ICT-related jobs, the role of ICT solutions in encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship and how US industry can support these activities.  
 
The mission concluded with a roundtable entitled, “Initiative for Creating a Pro-innovation Regulatory Environment”.  The roundtable, co-sponsored by the Indonesia E-Commerce Association (idEA), brought together US companies, domestic ICT-related associations and business leaders to create a roadmap for how the US and domestic industry can work together to engage the government in developing a regulatory environment that encourages full use of available technologies that can spread economic growth throughout Indonesia.  
 
 “Working with the Indonesian government to build further mechanisms for stakeholder consultation is one of the main priorities of the Council’s ICT committee,” said Elizabeth Dugan, Council VP for Operations. “ The dialogue with local industry will help create a strong foundation to build further public-private partnerships that will enhance Indonesia’s ICT environment.”
 
Companies participating in the delegation included Apple, AT&T, Google, HP, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, Oracle, Qualcomm, and Seagate. 


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