Wed, 11 May 2011

Jakarta (ANTARA News) - Indonesian Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources Darwin Zahedy Saleh and US Ambassador Scot Marciel opened the US-Indonesia Energy Investment Roundtable on May 9 in Jakarta.

According to a press release from the US Embassy to Indonesia received here, Tuesday, the Roundtable is a joint effort between the US and Indonesian governments that focuses on the private sector`s role in supporting Indonesia?s energy security and climate change goals as part of the bilateral Energy Policy Dialogue and US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.

Approximately 200 participants representing US and Indonesian businesses, government, and trade associations attended the one-day conference.

The Round-table explored ways in which US and other foreign companies can partner with Indonesia to develop and enhance the country`s renewable energy, oil and gas production, and human development.

The event also highlighted policy options to maximize the private sector`s contribution to Indonesia`s economy and energy security goals.

The Roundtable is an integral part of the US-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership, by which the two nations are working closely on clean and renewable energy as well as other key global challenges.

The Partnership advances cooperation on a wide range of issues such as environment, health, education, science and technology, human rights, and entrepreneurship.

The US and Indonesia have engaged in bilateral energy talks since 1990 and launched the Energy Policy Dialogue in 2005 to reaffirm our bilateral ties to support policy options that enhance energy security for both countries.

The most recent Energy Policy Dialogue was held in June 2010 in Washington