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Canadian Community: Connecting Indonesian and Canadian businesspeopleThursday, July 13, 2017 > 14:10:01
The Jakarta Post
Canadian businesses have been actively involved in trade and investment in Indonesia for a number of decades. Although the government-to-government approach has been the main contributor to the strengthening of economic relations between the two countries, private business organizations have also played an important role.
The Indonesia Canada Chamber of Commerce (ICCC) is among the most active business organizations in promoting investment and trade between the two countries. The ICCC regularly conducts various programs that are not only related to business activities but also carried out through social events.
The ICCC was formed in 1996 through the merger of two organizations, the Canadian Business Association (CBA) and the Indonesia Canada Business Council (ICBC). The CBA was largely represented by Canadian businesspeople in Indonesia, while the ICBC largely consisted of Indonesian businesspeople interested in closer business ties with Canada. Both organizations agreed that merging their resources and efforts would produce an even stronger organization and more closely connect the Indonesian and Canadian members of each organization.
The mission of the ICCC is focused on serving the needs and interests of the Indonesian-Canadian business community, primarily via information sharing and business and social networking activities, says Vivien Kusumowardhani, the ICCC’s newly elected chairperson.
Kusumowardhani, the president commissioner of PT Sun Life Financial Indonesia, was elected as the chairperson during the ICCC Annual Networking Luncheon and General Meeting in Jakarta in April this year. The new executive board also includes Gregory A. Elms as vice chairperson, Tony Costa as treasurer and Edwin Pieroelie as secretary-general.
The ICCC’s main role is bridging the two countries’ business sectors through a wide range of programs, such as providing information and analysis on trade and investment trends in Indonesia and hosting events that provide opportunities to learn about and discuss business opportunities in Indonesia and in Canada.
In addition, the ICCC also represents the general interests of Canadian business to the Indonesian government and provides practical assistance and information to support existing and new businesses.
“The ICCC also regularly organizes social networking events to bring Canadian and Indonesian members of our network closer together,” Kusumowardhani said.