Ann Linde leads Swedish delegation to Indonesia, Vietnam

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Ann Linde, Sweden’s Minister for EU Affairs and Trade is heading a business delegation to Indonesia followed by Vietnam during 2-6 October, for talks with government officials and business representatives.

During the delegation visit Ann Linde will show how Swedish world-leading system solutions in infrastructure, sustainability and innovation can help to meet the demand for long-term smart investments in two of Asia’s fastest-growing emerging markets. The trips are part of the implementation of the government’s export strategy.

“I see great opportunities to deepen our trade relations with Indonesia and Vietnam by promoting Swedish solutions and increase the Swedish presence in these emerging markets. I hope to help open doors for increased Swedish exports and encourage new contacts,” says Ann Linde.

Part of the program in the two Southeast Asian countries is face-to-face meetings with top-level decision makers in both the private and public sectors in Indonesia and Vietnam. Participating companies gets to present their solutions and services. Roundtables with business leaders are organised, as well as business forums to showcase innovative and sustainable concepts to wider audiences of key industry stakeholders.

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In Jakarta Minister Ann Linde met with Basuki Tjahaja Purnama, Governor of Jakarta to discuss Jakarta and Stockholm’s smart city and future collaborations

In Jakarta Ann Linde also partook in the Bike2Work Indonesia event on the Car Free Day, together with Sweden’s Ambassador on 2 October, in a bid to promote sustainable transportation in Indonesia.

“I wanted to make a statement, I think it would be good if more people would use bicycle,” she told media adding that as a minister, she often travels with a bicycle in Sweden.

On Monday 3 October the ‘Sweden – Indonesia Business Forum: Partners in Growth’ was held – a platform for sharing best practices and strategies for building innovative and successful industrial companies, including public-private partnerships and triple helix constellations between government, companies and universities for innovation and economic development.

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A high-level roundtable focused on recent reforms for attracting foreign investments in priority sectors, with a presentation of Swedish footprint and investment plans in Indonesia and how successful companies are maximizing their profitability on the Indonesian market.

Ann Linde also met with the Minister of Transportation, Budi Karya Sumadi, to discuss sustainable transportation solutions, where a Letter of Intent was signed between Indonesia and Sweden.

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The Swedish Ambassador to Indonesia, Johanna Brismar Skoog said that Sweden is looking to cooperate more with Indonesia in the transportation sector.

The Swedish minister also had a dinner with local businesswomen, hosted by H.E. Ambassador of Sweden to Indonesia.

See also: High-level Swedish Business delegation to Indonesia, Vietnam

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