Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman’s trip to Jakarta, Indonesia | Press release

The following is attributed to acting spokesperson Shejal Pulivarti:‎

On September 9-10, Deputy Administrator Isobel Coleman visited Jakarta, Indonesia to underscore the United States’ enduring partnership with the government and people of Indonesia. She met with USAID mission staff to celebrate USAID’s long track record of joint successes with Indonesia in promoting education; health; governance; equality and gender equality; economic growth; and environmental protection. The Deputy Administrator also met with USAID Indonesia staff employed in the country and thanked them for their dedicated support to the Indonesian people. The Deputy Administrator acknowledged the difficulties Indonesia continues to face with the COVID-19 pandemic and commended the staff for helping to get things going and bring the country closer to full economic recovery.

During her visit, the Deputy Administrator also met with the Deputy Secretary General of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) to reinforce the United States’ commitment to expanding our engagement with ASEAN, including in the area of ​​renewable energy. , and underlined the importance and centrality of ASEAN in the region. The Deputy Administrator highlighted how USAID directly supports key elements of the US Indo-Pacific Strategy, which aims to advance a more prosperous, connected and resilient region, with ASEAN a critical partner in achieving this. purpose. In particular, the Deputy Administrator highlighted how USAID’s work with ASEAN is strengthening the US-ASEAN partnership on trade, digital development, and energy. Deputy Administrator Coleman met with Secretary General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Cecep Herawan to discuss the US-Indonesia development partnership and mutual commitments in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific region. She also met with local journalists and human rights activists to hear first-hand about current issues affecting democracy in Indonesia. She emphasized USAID’s support for Indonesian civil society and the important role that the media and human rights defenders play in defending against authoritarianism, advancing respect for human rights and fighting corruption.

On September 10, the Deputy Administrator enjoyed a local coffee tasting with several Indonesian women leaders in agriculture and environmental sustainability. Afterwards, she participated in an exclusive media interview with a local broadcast journalist to discuss USAID’s support for inclusive development across Indonesia and its participation in the G20 Development Ministry in Belitung.

The Deputy Administrator met with private sector representatives from the logistics, travel, agriculture, environment, and transportation sectors to discuss digitization in Indonesia and how USAID is partnering with Indonesia’s private sector to support and catalyze the country’s development. She discussed the role of the private sector in digitization in Indonesia and how inclusive economic growth supported by an ever-expanding digital economy has the potential to bring the benefits of development progress to more communities than ever before.

Deputy Administrator Coleman then met with Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investments Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan to express continued US support for the government and people of Indonesia to address the climate crisis and other pressing challenges facing the country. Deputy Administrator Coleman commended Indonesia’s leadership and the achievements of its G20 presidency, particularly its priority to foster collective action to address strengthening food and energy security, combat the COVID-19 pandemic, address the climate crisis, and to address global economic volatility. The Deputy Administrator concluded her visit by meeting with USAID Foreign Service officials to outline USAID’s programmatic priorities and learn about their work and experiences serving in Indonesia.

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