In photo: President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. and DTI Secretary Fred Pascual

JAKARTA, INDONESIA – At the sidelines of the 43rd ASEAN Summit on 5 September 2023, the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) organized a series of business meetings led by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., and DTI Secretary Fred Pascual, particularly with three prominent Indonesian companies from the key sectors of agriculture, digital technology, and connectivity. The three companies were PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), PT Vaksindo Satwa Nusantara, and PT WIR Asia Tbk.

During these meetings, Secretary Pascual stressed, “We encourage investments in agriculture and digital economy as we remain committed to our goal of pursuing technological advancements for Philippine enterprises. As we work on science, technology, and innovation (STI) driven approaches, we look forward to your investments that will strengthen different sectors of our economy.”

Taken during the meeting with PT Pasifik Satellite Nusantara

The exclusive business meetings were spearheaded by the DTI through the Philippine Trade and Investment Center-Jakarta (PTIC-Jakarta). The meetings were also a follow-up to the President’s State Visit to Indonesia, aimed to forge strategic linkages and partnerships between the Philippines and Indonesia in key sectors, such as agriculture, specifically animal vaccine manufacturing, digital technology, and innovation. 

PT Vaksindo Satwa Nusantra stated that they intend to cooperate with its local partner, Unahco Inc. (Univet Nutrition and Animal Healthcare Company) Philippines on veterinary vaccines and will infuse an initial 2 million dollars this year. They will soon provide the Philippines with an avian influenza vaccine.

Another company that met the President was PT WIR Asia Tbk., whose subsidiaries, namely PT Mata Nilai Republik plan to invest US$20 million in the next 5 years. WIR is an Indonesian publicly listed company that develops augmented reality (AR) technology integrated with virtual reality (VR) and artificial intelligence (AI). It is considered the first Metaverse company in Indonesia.

In photo: WIR Chief Innovation Officer Jeffrey Budiman and WIR Co-Founder Michael Budi

To enhance the supply of satellites in the Philippines, particularly, broadband technology and connectivity, the Philippine delegation also met with PT Pasifik Satellite Nusantara. The company reported to President Marcos Jr. the progress of their project in the Philippines and the launching of their satellite in December 2023.

Back in 2022 during the State Visit of President Marcos Jr. in Indonesia, the PT Pasifik Satellite Nusantara signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with a USD 350 million investment value and an allocation of 13.5 Gbps of bandwidth for the Philippines from a new satellite that PSN is scheduled to launch within the year. Through this development, the said company also expressed its intentions to develop a bigger market for both the government and consumers in the Philippines.

“Through your committed investments in the country, we see you as our valuable partner in pursuing robust economic growth and expansion. We look forward to our strategic collaboration and partnership in creating a sustainable and innovative future for the region. As our department continues to work on ensuring high-quality and better-paying jobs for Filipinos, we encourage you to Make It Happen in the Philippines!” Secretary Pascual added. ♦

Date of release: 06 September 2023