Joko and Kalla Confirmed for 'Forest Investment' Summit, Organizer Says


MARCH 29, 2015

Jakarta. Indonesia will host a forest investment summit at Central Jakarta's Shangri-La Hotel next month to provide a platform describing and promoting the nation's strategic vision for green investment, while also allowing the government to acquire input from multiple stakeholders regarding this framework and its further evolution.

Franky Sibarani, who chairs Indonesia's Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM), said in a press release that President Joko Widodo and Vice President Jusuf Kalla, as well ministers and businesspeople, have confirmed they will attend the two-day "Tropical Landscapes Summit: A Global Investment Opportunity."

"Opportunities for public-private partnerships, and the clarification of linkages with broader national and international development goals, will be highlighted," Franky said.

The summit, which runs from April 27-28, will include plenary sessions organized around key themes of awareness, engagement and commitment.

"Indonesia is emerging as a global leader in conceptualizing and implementing a green economy transition, which aims to bring about a development paradigm in which societal wellbeing and environmental resilience will be secured alongside economic growth," Franky said.

Indonesia is a country with almost unparalleled wealth, in terms of natural resources and biodiversity, as well as one of the largest populations and economies in the world, Franky said, and our development choices will significantly impact sustainable development on a global scale.

"The administration of President Joko Widodo has specified a number of investment targets in order to boost national economic growth in years to come, and green investment is envisaged to play a key role in meeting those targets," Franky said.

He added that sustainable natural resource management, understood as a factor that directly influences the wellbeing of the Indonesian people, also occupies a central place in the National Mid-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) 2015-2019.

"Realizing the opportunities presented by green investment to contribute to a green economy transition in Indonesia is both an urgent priority and an unprecedented opportunity, for Indonesia and for the world," Franky said.

BKPM is partnering with the United Nations Office for Redd+ Coordination in Indonesia (Unorcid) on the organization of this event.