(Washington) – September 14. The U.S. ASEAN Business Council Institute (USABCI), together with the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (AICC), successfully facilitated delivery of 30 pallets of critical relief materials to Indonesia amidst recent COVID-19 outbreaks. The organizations jointly led efforts to coordinate two in-kind shipments from express carriers FedEx and UPS, with expertise and technical assistance provided by Deloitte. The 30 pallets collectively included over 1 million swab kits, and other categories of Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) from a larger donation by the City of New York to Yayasan BUMN, the foundational arm of the Ministry for State Owned Enterprises (BUMN) in Indonesia.
The first shipment was received at Jakarta Soekarno–Hatta International Airport on Tuesday afternoon, September 14, shortly after 12:00 PM local time. Representatives from Yayasan BUMN, the U.S. Embassy Jakarta, US-ASEAN Business Council, AICC, and FedEx were present for the arrival. The second shipment from UPS is scheduled to arrive on a later date.
Counselor for Public Diplomacy Rachel Cooke, U.S. Embassy Jakarta: “We are grateful to the U.S.-ASEAN Business Council Institute, the American Indonesian Chamber of Commerce, and the American companies who have been steadfast in their support of Indonesia’s pandemic response effort. U.S. corporate excellence continues to strengthen Indonesia through sustainable business practices, jobs and training opportunities, and charitable donations. This gift from the people of New York City is another example of the strong friendship between our two countries.”