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Former U.S. Senator Kit Bond leads trade mission from St. Louis, Missouri to Indonesia (1-18-12 Embassy of the United States in Jakarta, Indonesia)

On Monday, January 16, U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel welcomed former U.S. Senator Christopher “Kit” Bond and a 21-member trade mission, which includes companies ranging from small businesses such as Innoventor, to major corporations like Boeing, Monsanto, and General Motors (GM).  They are visiting Indonesia to promote business, academic, and cultural relations.  The mission also features four universities, highlighting the significant interest in furthering U.S. and Indonesian education goals under the Comprehensive Partnership.  While in Indonesia, the trade mission will visit Jakarta, Bogor, Bandung, and Surabaya.

During the visit, representatives from the American Chamber of Commerce, the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce U.S. Bilateral Committee, and the World Trade Center – St. Louis signed a Memorandum of Understanding to help develop new trade and investment opportunities, focusing on mutually-identified priority areas.  Before the visiting delegation departed Jakarta for Surabaya, U.S. Ambassador Scot Marciel held a reception in their honor.  The mission to Indonesia is a vital one for the former Senator, who focused on Southeast Asia and Indonesia while in office.

Promoting trade and investment is one of the most important goals of the U.S.-Indonesia Comprehensive Partnership.  Trade missions such as this one from St. Louis, Missouri can help create jobs and raise incomes in both our countries. 




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