#Asia Now that haze is gone, Indonesia’s President will finally depart to Silicon Valley


President Joko Widodo will meet with the CEOs of Facebook, Twitter and Google as well as the Indonesian diaspora in the Bay Area


A spokesperson from the Ministry of Communications and Informatics today confirmed that Indonesian President Joko Widodo, popularly known as Jokowi, will visit Silicon Valley on February 16-17 following Monday’s US-ASEAN Summit in Southern California.

Apart from meeting the Indonesian diaspora community in the US on the first day of his visit, President Jokowi is also set to meet with the CEOs of Facebook, Google, and Twitter at each company’s headquarter.

According to a Ministry spokesperson, as quoted by Kompas Tekno, the meeting will discuss the development of the e-commerce industry in Indonesia.

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The visit marks the President’s first visit to the Silicon Valley.

President Jokowi initially planned to conduct the visit on October 2015, bringing along CEOs and founders of top Indonesian startups such as Go-Jek, Traveloka, Kaskus, Tokopedia, and startup consultancy Kibar.

But the President was forced to leave the delegation early to handle the haze crisis which Sumatra and Borneo last Autumn. The visit was then resumed by Minister of Communications and Informatics Rudiantara.

Several projects and funding rounds were announced after the visit, such as Indosat Ooredoo’s partnership with Google for Project Loon and Qraved’s Series B round.

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