21 sep 2018
Indonesia Spain


CEOE, the Secretary of State for Commerce and the Chamber of Commerce promote trade relations between both countries

CEOE, the Secretary of State for Commerce and Spain’s Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, KADIN, organized the Spain -Indonesia Business Meeting held today at CEOE.

Encuentro Empresarial España Indonesia

The meeting was held on the occasion of the visit to Spain of a major delegation from Indonesia’s Chamber of Commerce and Industry, KADIN, led by Indonesia’s Minister of Public Works and Housing, Mochamad Basuki Hadimuljono, who participated in the opening speeches.


Meeting attendants took this opportunity to request the improvement of commercial relations.  Even though they are becoming stronger, these relations require a more intense effort if they want to be in line with the good behaviour of the economy in both countries.


Gay de Montellà

This idea was also shared by Joaquim Gay de Montellà, vice president of CEOE and president of the CEOE’s International Relations Commission during his speech. He indicated that meetings like this provide a venue to raise awareness about the attractiveness and business opportunities of both countries, as well as to increase bilateral relations and promote the development of business activities.



According to Gay de Montellà, some of the Spanish companies, "attending this meeting are already undertaking important projects in Indonesia. However, we believe that we are still far from the high degree of complementarity that Spain and Indonesia should reach in areas such as infrastructure, water treatment, energy or the development of smart cities. "

He also stressed that, with a population of 261 million inhabitants and an average GDP growth of over 5% since 2000, Indonesia is one of the most dynamic economies in the world.

Pedro Saura

Meanwhile, the Secretary of State for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing from the Ministry of Development, Pedro Saura García, said that Spanish companies are not alien to the attractiveness of the Indonesian economy, and want to contribute their knowledge and experience in the development of various infrastructures.

Therefore, there are many opportunities available for both, Spain and Indonesia, in terms of infrastructure, and from the Spanish Government they want to encourage a more intense and fruitful trade and investment relationship between both countries.  This relationship is backed by the many success stories in which Spanish companies have already contributed to developing infrastructures abroad, projecting the current reputation of professionalism and competitiveness for which we are recognized abroad.

He highlighted that "countries with a vision for the future should bet on openness and on the transfer of knowledge and experience as a way of contributing to global development and progress. This is the Government’s vision and, thus, we want to strengthen international relations in all those areas of activity under our scope, not only in regards to the Ministry of Development’s activity abroad, but also in regards to the international activity of private companies in the sector. "

Pedro Saura said that, with the participation in this Spain-Indonesia Business Meeting, they not only seek to encourage this spirit of collaboration, but also to reinforce their commitment to the fascinating and dynamic country that is Indonesia today.

Other participants at the Business Meeting included the Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Spain, Drs. Hermono; the Vice President of KADIN for Construction and Infrastructure, Erwin Aksa and the Secretary General of Spain’s Chamber of Commerce, Adolfo Díaz-Ambrona.