Monday, Monday 23, 2015
Roundtable Discussion with The Honorable Robert O. Blake Jr., U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia
Monday, March 23, 2015
1:30pm – 3:30pm
Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 1500
$10 Per Person
Please join the Trade Alliance for an afternoon roundtable with U.S. Ambassador to Indonesia Robert O. Blake Jr.
Ambassador Blake will discuss President Joko Widodo’s vision for Indonesia as a maritime power and the commercial opportunities that that this presents to Washington state and U.S businesses. The Ambassador will also speak more broadly about the investment climate in Indonesia, and about the opportunities and challenges of doing business in the fourth most populous nation in the world and the largest economy in South East Asia.
Indonesia and Washington state
Washington state merchandise exports to Indonesia topped $2.1 billion last year, making Indoneisa Washington state’s 10th largest export customer. Top exports from Washington state include aircraft and transportation equipment, agricultural products, chemicals and machinery, amongst other items.
- Southeast Asia’s largest economy
- Opportunities for U.S. companies include agribusiness; aerospace – aircraft, replacement parts and service; telecommunications; financial services related software; education and training and medical equipment.
- Fourth largest consumer market in the world – more than 255 million citizens
- Young population: 50% are under the age of 30
- Major industries: Fishing and maritime; petrolium, timber & paper products, tourism and energy
About Ambassador Blake
Ambassador Robert O. Blake, Jr. arrived November 21, 2013 in Jakarta and presented his credentials to President Yudhoyono on January 30, 2014. Previously, Ambassador Blake served as Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs from 2009-2013. He also served as Ambassador to the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and the Republic of Maldives from 2006 to 2009. Prior to that, Ambassador Blake served in India, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, and Nigeria as well as holding several positions at the State Department in Washington DC. He received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.A. from John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
Registration: The cost of this event is $10 for members and non-members, and complimentary for students.
Questions? Please contact Samantha Paxton at (206) 389.7319.