India and Indonesia held their first ever infrastructure meeting including the maritime sector amid push by both countries to increase their partnership in the Indo-Pacific region.
The 1st India-Indonesia Infrastructure Forum (IIIF) was organised by the Embassy of India, jointly along with the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs in Jakarta. The event was jointly inaugurated by Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs, Budi Karya Sumadi, Minister of Transportation along with Ambassador of India to Indonesia Pradeep K Rawat.
A high-level delegation of nearly 30 plus Indian CEO’s from infrastructure sectors focusing on Port, Power, Airport, Water Resource Management, Hospital Managements Systems and Health Service, Industry 4.0 and IT solutions for Infrastructure Projects, with leading Indian companies like GMR, GVK, Adani, Larsen & Toubro, Tata Power, TCS, Tech Mahindra, Adani, Max Hospitals, Narayana Health, WAPCOS, EXIM Bank, Jet Airways, IOCL amongst several others were present.
Industry counterparts from Indonesia of more than 80 companies in infrastructure sector including Pertamina (Oil & Gas), Garuda (Air connectivity), Angkasa Pura (Airports), Pelindo (Seaports), Jasa Marga (Highway Management), along with officials of BKPM, Ministry of State Owned Enterprises and Ministry of Health also participated at the 1st IIIF.
In his opening remarks, Ambassador Rawat underscored the rising Indian companies to Indonesia and gave them an overall outline of the improved investment climate in Indonesia and underscored that Infrastructure development was a top priority for the Government of Indonesia. Minister of Transportation also welcomed Indian industry participation in Indonesia and stated that both sides were working together to achieve direct flight connectivity between the two countries very soon.