Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles Rivkin Travels to Indonesia

Assistant Secretary of State for Economic and Business Affairs Charles H. Rivkin will travel to Indonesia November 2-8 to meet with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and Indonesian officials and advance Department objectives in entrepreneurship, investment, and innovation.

In Jakarta, Indonesia, November 3-5, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will meet with government officials, business leaders, and entrepreneurs to discuss economic growth, trade, and investment issues, as well as the development of Indonesia’s creative economy.  With ASEAN and Indonesian officials, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will discuss the importance of building strong enabling environments for innovation, developing thriving entrepreneurial ecosystems, and attracting investment as a driver of economic growth and development.

On November 4, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will meet with the American Chamber of Commerce in Indonesia to discuss e-commerce and the digital economy.  Later he will speak at the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club about the strong relationship between the United States and ASEAN, and the organization’s key role in driving broader regional economic growth and integration.  He will also participate in an event at @america, a state-of-the art cutting-edge cultural center funded and built by the U.S. Department of State in 2010.  His speech will focus on innovation and intellectual property rights and their importance in Indonesia’s creative economy.

In Bali, Indonesia, November 5-7, Assistant Secretary Rivkin will attend meetings that bring together small business owners, entrepreneurs, and angel investors to discuss the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Indonesia and discuss way to facilitate greater innovation and investment opportunities.  He will participate in the launch of the first Eastern Indonesia Angel Investor Network at Hubud, a co-working space for entrepreneurs in Ubud, Bali.  Finally, the Assistant Secretary will kick-start the Road to Bali Startup Weekend event with his participation in the Rumah Sanur Creative Space workshop on supporting entrepreneurship in Indonesia.

For updates, follow Assistant Secretary Rivkin on Facebook and Twitter@AmbRivkin and @EconEngage.