Luhut Pandjaitan Meets Elon Musk at Tesla Headquarters to Discuss Investment, Cooperation

- 27 April 2022 21:50 WIB
Luhut Pandjaitan and several of his colleagues from Indonesia visited Elon Musk. ((Instagram/@rosanroeslani))
Luhut Pandjaitan and several of his colleagues from Indonesia visited Elon Musk. ((Instagram/@rosanroeslani))

JAKARTADAILY.ID - Coordinating Minister for Maritime & Investment Affairs Luhut Pandjaitan and several of his colleagues from Indonesia visited the CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, at the Tesla headquarters in Texas, U.S., Monday, April 25, 2022, local time. The visit was reportedly carried out to re-explore the chances for cooperation between Indonesia and Tesla.

Aside from Luhut Pandjaitan, Chairperson of the Advisory Council of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry Anindya Bakrie also attended the meeting.

Additionally, the former CEO of Bukalapak, Rachmat Kaimuddin, who currently serves as the special advisor in the technology sector of the Coordinating Ministry for Maritime Affairs and Investment of Indonesia, was also present.

The Indonesian Ambassador to the United States, Rosan Roeslani, has revealed the agenda of the discussion during the visit of Luhut Pandjaitan and colleagues to Tesla's headquarters. Through his personal Instagram account @rosanroeslani, the visit served as a discussion about the collaboration in the energy sector, especially the EV Battery.

"Today, I and @anindyabakrie accompanied the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment, Mr. Luhut Pandjaitan, and his entourage to visit the Tesla gigafactory in Texas. We were received directly by Elon Musk as we later discussed the investment in the EV battery sector, namely the use of new battery technology as a structural component of future electric cars and green industrial parks in Indonesia," he said on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

He later explained that the use of EV batteries would make it possible to reduce the industry's dependence on fossil fuels and, in turn, adopt new environmentally friendly processes of production. However, according to Rosan, this will pose a particular challenge.

He said the shifting to hydro and solar power, as well as investment in green smelting technologies to produce low-carbon, green aluminum products, has become the interest of all countries to accelerate the energy transition and strengthen a sustainable global energy system.

"Hopefully, this meeting can bring investment to Indonesia and, of course, optimize the momentum of the G20 Presidency [of Indonesia] to encourage synergy between developing and developed countries to accelerate the energy transition," he said.

For information, Tesla's electric car company rumoredly had previously planned to invest in building electric cars and their components in Indonesia. However, the investment was canceled after Tesla chose to invest in other countries in Asia.

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