US President Barack Obama specifically mentioned Indonesian social enterpreneur Tri Mumpuni during his opening remarks at the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington on Monday (Tuesday morning, Jakarta time).
“And we’ve got social entrepreneurs like Tri Mumpuni, who has helped rural communities in Indonesia -- (applause) -- harness the electricity, and revenues, of hydro-power,” said Obama. He also praised Indonesia’s role in recent G-20 discussions.
Business and social entrepreneurs from Muslim-majority countries from around the world attended, including nine representatives from Indonesia, including Putra Sampoerna, Ananda Siregar, Sandiaga Uno, Shinta Widjaja Kamdani, Benjamin Soemartopo, Sheila Tiwan, Goris Mustaqim, Tri Mumpuni, and Yuyun Ismawati.
President Obama’s speech highlighted progress made in U.S. efforts in Palestine, Iraq and Afghanistan, and mentioned that the Global Technology and Innovation Fund announced in Cairo will potentially mobilize more than $2 billion in investments. Also in attendance during the opening were United States Trade Representative, Ambassador Ron Kirk, Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
President Barack Obama was quoted by Associated Press as saying that new exchange programs with Muslim countries would bring their business people and "social entrepreneurs" to the U.S. to learn and to share their expertise.
Obama said Monday that the programs would include allowing Muslim women in the technology field to come for internships and professional development, while high-tech leaders from Silicon Valley will share their expertise in the Middle East, Turkey and southeast Asia.
Obama spoke at summit on entrepreneurship, organized to help improve relations between the U.S. and Muslim countries.
Obama also announced that Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan will hold a similar summit next year.