A small Atlanta delegation attended the 2nd Indonesian Diaspora Congress held in the capital city of Jakarta Aug. 18-20 along with more than 7,000 other attendees.
Fify Manan, CEO of Formcase Inc., a manufacturer of high-end office furniture with joint headquarters in Norcross and Jakarta, spoke at the conference concerning the role of “diaspora entrepreneurs.”
Mrs. Manan was a key organizer of the conference and was accompanied by her husband, Robert. The Atlanta delegation also included Wei Siong Tan, CEO and owner of AccuSentry Inc., which is based in Marietta and develops high-tech inspection systems for manufacturers, and Thomas Harrold, international partner with the law firm of Miller & Martin PLLC.
As vice president and a member of the Indonesian Diaspora Business Council, Mrs. Manan was in charge of the event’s business and investment task force and was invited as a speaker by Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesia’s ambassador to the United States.
Alex Baker, manager, Far East for Duluth-based AGCO Corp., who is based in Singapore, also was featured as a speaker at the conference.
Mr. Harrold told Global Atlanta that the Congress was attended by several government ministers including Mari Elka Pangestu, the minister of tourism and creative economy, as well as Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, Indonesia’s president, who provided the keynote address.
According to Mr. Harrold, despite Indonesia’s population of more than 250 million and its importance economically as a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), U.S. companies rank only fifth in terms of foreign direct investment.
He also said that he was surprised to learn that there are no nonstop flights between Indonesia and the U.S. and that Dr. Pangestu is actively promoting such a flight between Jakarta and Los Angeles.
For more information, Mr. Harrold may be reached by calling (404) 962-6407 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.