|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 29, 2013
Anna Humprhey | (703) 875-4357
USTDA SUPPORTS EXPANDED ECONOMIC PARTNERSHIP WITH INDONESIA THROUGH INFRASTRUCTURE DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS
JARKARTA, INDONESIA – Today, USTDA concluded two new grants supporting the development of energy and information and communications technology (ICT) infrastructure in Indonesia. These activities are part of broader efforts to support economic development and connectivity throughout the country, utilizing U.S. equipment and services.
The development of clean energy and energy security, as well as the modernization of critical information technology infrastructure, continue to drive USTDA's collaboration with both the public and private sectors in Indonesia. The first grant agreement signed this week will fund a feasibility study to assist state-owned energy company Pertamina in its efforts to modernize the country's petroleum refining industry. The second grant, signed with Indonesia's National Geospatial Information Agency, will provide technical assistance to support the development of a national geospatial information system. These projects position U.S. firms to support the implementation of Indonesia's infrastructure development plans.
"USTDA is pleased to increase our exposure in this key market through these activities, which will leverage U.S. private sector expertise to support Indonesia's development priorities. Both of these projects will enhance Indonesia's connectivity in support of the U.S.–ASEAN Connectivity Cooperation Initiative," said USTDA Director Leocadia I. Zak.
"These two projects are yet another example of the strong relationship that the United States enjoys with Indonesia. They will not only support the growing cooperation under the U.S.–Indonesia Joint Commission, but they also will improve the country's existing infrastructure in order to support its growth and expansion," said Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Embassy, Kristen Bauer, who witnessed both signings.
Pertamina President Director Karen Agustiawan also attended and witnessed the first grant signing on behalf of Pertamina. Chairman Asep Karsidi witnessed the second grant signing on behalf of Badan Informasi Geospasial, the National Geospatial Information Agency. USTDA concluded the two grants with Indonesian stakeholders with cost sharing by both U.S. industry and Indonesian partners (see Fact Sheet).
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The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority development projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project planning activities, pilot projects, and reverse trade missions while creating sustainable infrastructure and economic growth in partner countries.
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