Jakarta – The Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (KADIN) has decided to strengthen its International Relations Division in support of President Jokowi’s acknowledged the country’s need for overseas funds and expertise.

“The aim of the division is to help Indonesia get direct foreign investment,” said Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, a prominent business leader and KADIN’s Deputy for International Affairs.  The new leadership of KADIN, led by Chairman Rosan Roeslani, has made international relations a priority.

“We have so far seen the government making efforts to promote investment, however, it seems the efforts are not optimal yet,” said Diono Nurjadin, the head of the Permanent Committee of the Americas. “Indonesia can’t fully fund it alone – either by government or domestic industries – that is why we need foreign investment. KADIN is a partner for the government and we think this is the role we can play to help develop the nation.”

The committee for the US, KADIN Komite Indonesia Amerika Serikat (KIKAS), is led by Dino Patti Djalal, who was the Indonesian Ambassador to the United States in 2010-2013.