USTDA Director Ebong Visits Indonesia, Promotes New Capital City Development and Regional Energy Integration

Arlington, VA – U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director Enoh T. Ebong will travel to Indonesia from March 6-8 to highlight and build upon the Agency’s ongoing support for the sustainable development of Indonesia’s new capital city, Nusantara. Director Ebong will also formalize USTDA funding for power interconnection projects between Indonesia and Malaysia.

“USTDA has a rich history of partnership with Indonesia, with a focus on advancing Indonesia’s infrastructure priorities that the U.S. private sector can support through cutting-edge innovations,” said Director Ebong. “Among our many other projects in the country, USTDA is here to support Indonesia’s efforts to build a world-class new capital city, a challenging endeavor that also creates numerous opportunities for cooperation. We share Indonesia’s commitment to developing the kind of high-quality infrastructure that will grow and sustain long-term prosperity across the country.”

USTDA is deploying the full breadth of its project preparation and partnership-building toolkit to support the development of Nusantara as a sustainable, efficient city centered on quality of life. While in Indonesia, Director Ebong will tour the future site of Nusantara, announce new commitments, and participate in associated USTDA-funded programming:

  • Nusantara Business Forum: Director Ebong will open USTDA’s Nusantara Business Forum, which will highlight smart city solutions and related commercial opportunities to advance the new capital city’s livability and sustainability.
  • Nusantara Procurement and Project Management Workshop: Under USTDA’s Global Procurement Initiative, Director Ebong will conclude a training workshop for more than 60 Indonesian officials from 12 government agencies to help optimize high-quality infrastructure procurement for Nusantara.
  • New Capital Reverse Trade Mission: Director Ebong will announce USTDA support for a reverse trade mission to the United States to familiarize Indonesian officials with U.S. smart city solutions.
  • Nusantara Smart City Technical Assistance: Director Ebong will announce new project preparation support for Nusantara’s smart city infrastructure.

Director Ebong will also announce USTDA funding to support power transmission interconnection projects between Indonesia and Malaysia. She will advance other local infrastructure priorities through meetings with USTDA grantees, Indonesian government officials, and U.S. and Indonesian private sector representatives.

Since 1992, USTDA has supported over 100 infrastructure development activities in Indonesia, which was USTDA’s largest country portfolio in the Indo-Pacific region in 2023. In 2021, the Agency opened an office at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, which has significantly increased the Agency’s ability to grow its local outreach in country. Indonesia has been a GPI partner country since 2021.

USTDA’s work in Indonesia advances Biden-Harris Administration priorities, including the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment and the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity. Funding for climate-related projects also supports the Indonesia Just Energy Transition Partnership and USTDA’s Global Partnership for Climate-Smart Infrastructure.


The U.S. Trade and Development Agency helps companies create U.S. jobs through the export of U.S. goods and services for priority infrastructure projects in emerging economies. USTDA links U.S. businesses to export opportunities by funding project preparation and partnership building activities that develop sustainable infrastructure and foster economic growth in partner countries.

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