Editor’s note: This commentary was published first in Spanish in “Reforma” newspaper and was made available to Global Atlanta in English by the Consulate General of Mexico in Atlanta. It was written by Julián Ventura Valero, deputy secretary of foreign affairs, who can be followed on Twitter at @JulianVenturaV. Mexico is convinced of the irreplaceable value of Read more
As a university student, Budi Bowoleksono, Indonesia‘s ambassador to the U.S., worked two jobs — one before classes and then another after classes. When he arrived home at 1 a.m. there either was no food or it was cold. Out of necessity he got creative he told Global Atlanta at the Win Indonesian Grill and Read more
Japan’s Panasonic is moving some production of specialized batteries from Indonesia to a plant in Columbus, Ga., by the end of 2018. It’s the latest example of a Japanese firm bringing more work to Georgia to be save on logistics costs and cut down lead times to end customers. “The production shift is a testimony Read more
Newly arrived in July at the Georgia Department of Agriculture in charge of business development overseas for Georgia produce, Paul Thompson was off immediately to Indonesia. After seven and a half years at the Atlanta State Farmers Market, Mr. Thompson’s calendar now is full of possible trips to all corners of the world, most often Read more
Orkin, the main pest-control brand of Atlanta-based Rollins Inc., has announced a raft of new international franchise agreements, mostly in Latin America. The company announced July 17 that it had added six new franchises in three Brazilian cities, plus Nicaragua and the international capitals of Lima, Peruand Jakarta, Indonesia. The Brazilian cities include Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Espírito Santo. As it does with all new franchisees, Rollins has Read more
Beato, the Atlanta-based, 20-pound Norwegian Forest cat is traveling around the world these days in a new series of children’s picture books created by local author Sucheta Rawal. Ms. Rawal is an award-winning food and travel writer who has chosen Beato, her companion for the past seven years, as a lead character for her children’s Read more
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 Read more
Jeffrey Rosensweig, who directs the Global Perspectives Program at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, called Vietnam “the single greatest growth opportunity in the world” during one of his many luncheon addresses in 1993. He also forecast that the 21st century would eventually be known as the “Asian Century.” A former economist at the Federal Reserve Read more
Dino Patti Djalal, Indonesia’s ambassador to the United States and the forum’s keynote speaker, said his country’s “economic miracle” has proven wrong regimes that believe democratic reforms come at the expense of growth.
Through a March 27 business forum in Atlanta, the Indonesian Consulate General in Houston aims to help local business leaders tap specific opportunities in the country, which has maintained growth rates of more than 6 percent in the past two years, Al Busyra Basnur, the consul general, told Global Atlanta during a recent visit.