On Monday, a business delegation from Finland, led by Economic Minister Mika Lintila, met Indonesia’s National Development Planning Minister Bambang Brodjonegoro at his office in Jakarta, to explore cooperation in investment and infrastructure development.
The meeting signifies only the latest step in intensifying cooperation between the Finnish and Indonesian governments. Since 2008, a number of bilateral agreements on for example climate change and sustainable forest management, energy and environment as well as on education and technology have been signed. In addition, the investment rate of the two countries has increased since 2013 according to data from the Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM).
This time generating energy from waste and air safety were the two sectors that had been discussed as they have become the focus of interest of several companies from Finland visiting Indonesia. During the meeting, the electricity tariffs on energy generated from waste and the tipping fee were among the topics of discussion. One Finnish company started to engage with Jakarta’s city-owned property developer PT Jakarta Propertindo on a waste-to-energy project.
Minister Brodjonegoro also encouraged Finnish companies to invest not only in waste-to-energy projects in Jakarta but also in other big cities in Indonesia. "I think waste-to-energy projects have great potential in many big cities in Indonesia. This is because they can not only solve the waste problem but can also help to generate more electricity," he noted.
With regards to air security, the Finnish government, through Finland’s commercial banks, has offered a soft loan guaranteed by its export agency. Moreover, Finland proposes a cooperation with the country’s air navigation firm AirNav, as it promotes weather radar technology that can helps aircrafts to receive the required information before landing.