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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Brings Clean Energy Trade Mission to Indonesia

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

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Commerce Secretary Gary Locke Brings Clean Energy Trade Mission to Indonesia

U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke arrived in Jakarta, Indonesia today with representatives from 10 U.S. clean energy companies as part of the first Cabinet-level trade missions of the Obama administration. Locke and the U.S. delegation will address ways the United States and Indonesia can work together toward a cleaner energy future.

“The companies on this trade mission are at the vanguard of a movement to meet the world’s clean energy needs,” Locke said.  “As they expand their presence in fast-growing countries like Indonesia, they can help solve unprecedented energy and environmental challenges, while creating good-paying jobs for the people of America and Indonesia. That’s a win for everyone involved.

Upon arrival, Locke and the delegation participated in several group meetings on clean energy with Indonesian officials and business representatives and held bilateral meetings with other key senior government officials, including Hatta Rajasa, Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs; Mari Pangestu, Minister of Trade; Darwin Saleh, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources; Gusti Muhammad Hatta, Minister of Environment; Gita Wirjawan, Chief of the Investment Coordinating Board; Armida Alisjahbana, State Minister for National Development Planning; Mustafa Abubakar, State Minister for State-Owned Enterprises; Freddy Numberi, Minister of Transportation; and Fadel Muhammad, Minister of Marine Affairs and Fisheries.

“Our meetings with Indonesian officials were productive, providing first-hand knowledge of clean tech opportunities and Indonesia’s business environment,” Locke said. “U.S. companies on our trade mission look forward to pursuing new business opportunities in Indonesia that will benefit the economies of both our countries while creating a more sustainable environment.”

Locke and U.S. trade mission representatives received updates today on the market from a panel of local business executives working in the energy field.

The delegation also met with the heads of important energy-related, state-owned enterprises, focusing on their role in Indonesia’s energy sector. The meeting helped identify opportunities for U.S. businesses to work with viable Indonesian partners.

Representatives from the following companies are accompanying Locke in Indonesia:

Capstone Turbine Corporation
Caterpillar
Echelon Corp.
Emerson Electric
General Electric Company
Lockheed Martin Global, Inc.
Oshkosh Corporation
Peabody Energy
Pratt & Whitney Power Systems, Inc.
Prime Engineering, Inc.