London, United Kingdom, 15th March 2018: “Indonesia should start to change its economic potential to the reality, to be the 5th biggest economy in the world by 2050” was a key message conveyed by the Indonesian Ambassador H.E. Dr. Rizal Sukma and Minister of State of National Development Planning, H.E. Prof. Dr Bambang Brodjonegoro at the opening statement of the first Indonesia Infrastructure Investment Forum (IIIF) 2018 held in London on 15th March 2018. As part of a two days event, the auditorium of Andaz Hotel, London was filled by more than 100 participants on its opening session with representatives both from United Kingdom’s well-known companies and Indonesia’s leading agencies as well as private and state owned enterprises namely PT Perusahaan Listrik Negara (PT PLN), PT Jasa Marga, PT Pembangkitan Jawa Bali (PT PJB), PT Flores Prosperindo, Lake Toba Tourism Authority, Indonesia Infrastructure Guarantee Fund (PT PII), and PT Sarana Multi Infrastruktur (PT SMI).
Following the Ambassador’s remarks, Minister for National Development Planning H.E. Dr Bambang Brodjonegoro, underlined Indonesia as a compelling investment destination, particularly with regard to infrastructure investments. Indonesia is increasingly urbanized. Its middle income and high number of productive population as well as extensive consumer market will certainly provide a high demand on infrastructure development opportunity for business community in UK.
The key message of Dr. Rizal Sukma and Dr. Bambang Brodjonegoro was then echoed by the Chairman of the Indonesia Investment Coordinating Board, Mr Thomas Lembong, through his video presentation which highlighted Indonesia’s efforts in streamlining business regulatory in Indonesia and positive performance with regard to its Ease of Doing Business.
The panel discussions on the first day discussed many issues relating to Infrastructure Development Strategy in Indonesia, Infrastructure Legal Frameworks, Investment Opportunities in Energy and connectivity sectors as well as various tourism investment opportunities by a wide range of speakers. The forum is aimed at enticing interest and exchange of ideas with regard to investment opportunities within Indonesia’s infrastructure sector. Furthermore, IIIF is expected to bring together stakeholders and companies in dialogues and knowledge building session with regard to investing in Indonesia, promoting foreign direct investment in Indonesia and last but not least, supporting the formation of friendly dialogue between all stakeholders involved in forging cooperation and investment on infrastructure projects in Indonesia.
IIIF is organized by the Indonesia Investment Promotion Centre (IIPC) in London, working together with the Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia in London, and supported by Central Bank of Indonesia, Mandiri Bank and BNI Bank.
London, 15 March 2018