Minister of Economic Affairs of Finland, Mr Mika Lintilä visited Jakarta, Indonesia, on 5–6 June 2017. The Team Finland business delegation accompanying the Minister included companies in the energy, bioeconomy, cleantech and digitalisation sectors. The aims of the visit were to promote Finnish exports, further develop existing cooperation and open the way for new partnerships.
On the first official day of the visit, Minister of Economic Affairs Lintilä met with Indonesian Minister of National Development Planning Prof. Dr Bambang Brodjonegoro, Minister of Transportation Mr Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Finance Dr Sri Mulyani, and Minister of State-Owned Enterprises Ms Rini Soemarno. On Tuesday Minister Lintilä met with Vice Minister of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources Mr Arcandra Tahar and Minister of Environment and Forestry Dr Ir. Siti Nurbaya Bakar. The companies in the delegation also met representatives of Indonesian state-owned companies and private sector companies.
On Monday evening, the Ambassador of Finland to Indonesia, Ms Päivi Hiltunen-Toivio hosted a dinner reception to welcome Minister Lintilä to Indonesia. In the reception, Finnish companies of the delegation had an opportunity to discuss with the representatives of Indonesian companies and authorities and deepen the cooperation. In his speech at the reception, Minister Lintilä said he wanted to give governmental support for more intensive business-to-business ties between the two countries. "By combining our strengths, we can achieve synergy gains", minister said. He also emphasized the companies' willingness to expand their operations in Indonesia.
Abloy Asia, AW-Energy, CS Control Software, Ensto, Finnfund, Finnvera, Fortum, Handelsbanken, Outotec, Saalasti, Satel, SCS Consulting, Vaisala, Valmet, WOIMA Finland and Wärtsilä were the Finnish companies participated in the visit in Indonesia.
The second meeting of the Indonesia-Finland Working Group on Energy Cooperation, involving Finland’s Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment and Indonesia’s Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, was also held in connection with the visit. The Working Group puts into effect the Memorandum of Understanding on energy cooperation between Finland and Indonesia, which was signed during the state visit by President of the Republic Sauli Niinistö to Indonesia in November 2015. The aim of the Working Group is to promote business partnerships between Finland and Indonesia and marketing opportunities for Finnish companies in the Indonesian energy sector.
The Indonesian economy is currently growing at an annual rate of more than five per cent. The number of consumers is expected to more than double by 2030. As a major economic force in Southeast Asia, Indonesia offers many opportunities for Finnish companies, especially in the energy sector, infrastructure development, the bioeconomy and circular economy. One of the priority areas of the Indonesian Government is the development of education and health care.