Minister of the Environment visited four major cities of Indonesia
19.06.2013 / 06:55
Minister of the Environment of the Czech Republic Tomáš Chalupa, accompanied by a business delegation, visited Indonesia on 12-17 May 2013. The visit focused on developing new cooperation, particularly in the area of water and waste management and other environment-related technologies.
Minister Chalupa together with his delegation, including 18 representatives of companies and their association, the Czech Confederation of Industry, visited four biggest cities of Indonesia. He met the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Indonesia Balthasar Kambuaya, the Minister of Public Works Djoko Kirmanto, the Governor of North Sumatra Gatot Pujo Nugroho, the Governor of West Java Ahmad Heryawan, and the Deputy Governor of DKI Jakarta Basuki Tjahaja Purnama. He gave lectures at the University of Indonesia and the University of North Sumatra and spoke to businessmen and representatives of business associations during seminars in Medan, Jakarta, Surabaya and Bandung. The seminars as well as expert presentations at the Ministry of Public Works and the Government of DKI Jakarta were co-organised by the Embassy together with KADIN and other partners in the framework of the Economic Diplomacy Support Programme of the Czech Foreign Ministry.
Presentations by the Prague Services (Pražské služby) company and the State Environmental Fund of the Czech Republic were among the most appreciated by the government and business representatives, the former offering comprehensive and efficient solutions for municipal waste management, the latter applying the principle of using payments by polluters to the benefit of the environment. Other experiences and technologies related to water management, energy, and environment protection raised interest, too.
The delegation got a close insight into some of the pressing environmental problems faced by the capital city through a cruise of a stretch of the Ciliwung River in Central Jakarta in rubber boats.
The Minister’s visit came as a direct follow-up of the state visit of the Czech President Václav Klaus to Indonesia that took place in July 2012. On that occasion, Minister Chalupa accompanied the President who agreed with President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in identifying the environment as one of the priority areas of mutual cooperation.