The Jakarta Post
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan returned from a multi-city trip to Medellin, Colombia and New York and Washington, DC in the United States, on July 18.
According to Anies, his trip was aimed at showing Jakarta to the world and ensuring other world leaders that Jakarta was ready to facilitate various international events.
“I left to show the world that Jakarta is just as good as other capital cities. We have wide networks all across the globe,” Anies said.
Anies attended and spoke at the World Cities Summit Mayors Forum (WCSMF) in Medellin. The event was held from July 10 to 12.
“At that event, I gave a presentation about what the administration has done for Jakarta and how our experience in Jakarta can be useful for the audience. We also used the opportunity to exchange ideas,” Anies said on Friday as quoted by kompas.com.
In his presentation, Anies added, he explained the transformation of the city’s integrated public transportation under the Jak Lingko program.
From Medellin, Anies flew to New York where he met with the management of prestigious Formula E race for electric cars.
“I intentionally visited New York in regard to a plan to hold an Formula E race,” he said, claiming that the meeting resulted in an agreement between him and the Formula E management that Jakarta will host the race in 2020.
Anies, however, refused to give details on the plan, claiming that the city should respect the deliberation process within the Formula E management.
From New York, Anies visited Washington, DC, where he spoke a United States-Indonesia Society (USINDO) event. The event was attended by a number of academics, businesspeople and diplomats who have interests and relationships with Indonesia.
“There, I explained about what we have done for Jakarta. Attention from people in Washington toward Jakarta and Indonesia was profoundly incredible,” he said.
Also in Washington, DC Anies met with representatives from the International Food Policy Research Institute, with whom he discussed food, health quality, price control and food supply.
“We discussed our potential to review regulations that have been implemented in various countries that can be replicated in Jakarta,” Anies explained.
Last, Anies met with representatives of the US-ASEAN Business Council. They talked about how Jakarta could facilitate more trade and investment to absorb workers in the city. Anies said the US-ASEAN Business Council would visit Jakarta in December. (vla)