Glendora, July 23, 2011/Indonesia Media
Almost a hundred guests attended the Indonesian American Business
Council, IABC, dinner networking event in the hall provided by
Indonesia Media located in Glendora. The event, which started at 5:00
PM and ended at 10:00 PM, allowed Indonesian business owners the
chance to network and get in contact with fellow business owners in
The event opened with a statement from the IABC
President, Riff Wiguna, in which he explained the mission and vision
of IABC and how he hoped the event would not only encourage business
relations, but also membership into IABC.
IABC is an organizationÂ looking to enrich the growth of business trade between Indonesia and
America. Riff Wiguna also expressed that the future of IABC will allow
more events and opportunities to enrich a business.
Also in attendance were Consul General of the Republic
of Indonesia Los Angeles Mr. Hadi Martono, Consul of Economic Affairs
Edi Suharto, guest speaker Director of the Unites States Department of
Commerce and International Trade Administration Fred Latuperissa, and
School Board Member of La Puente School District Norman Shu.
Guests were treated with a buffet-style dinner, provided by Simpang
Asia Restauarant, and given time to mingle and network with one
another. After the dinner The Honorable Consul General Hadi Martono
expressed his support for the organization and how he is excited to
see action being taken to stimulate the growth of local Indonesian
While reflecting on the past IABC event involving discussions with
the Minister of Trade Mary Pangestu, he said that Indonesians
currently residing in America want to support their birth country and
that seeing America and Indonesia further enrich their relations will
encourage them to also enrich their relationships with fellow
Director of the Unites States Department of Commerce and International
Trade Administration Fred Latuperissa gave a speech on how the
significant growth of the Indonesian economy is making it a player in
the global economy. He said, however, that the Indonesian population
itself is being more discreet by not branching relations and putting
itself out there. If local businesses would branch out and create
trade then the role Indonesia will play will become more noticeable
and benefit both America and Indonesia.
Fred Latuperissa was born in Timor Kupang and associates himself as an
Indonesian American who is eager to see the two countries act together
through trade, granted there is no trade deficit from the U.S.
As the event came to close, guests introduced themselves and stated
their business. The variety of businesses in the room showed that just
with local Indonesian businesses connections and contacts business can
grow and expand in many directions. Many businesses came from San
Diego, Los Angeles, Nevada, and even Indonesia.
Guests continued toÂ mingle until the end of the event when they were entertained with not
only karaoke, but also a band featuring the IABC President, Riff
The guests were excited to be a part of the IABC event and Steve
Chiang President of the Asia-Pacific Rims Chamber of Commerce,
suggested that such events should even be widened to others andinclude all US-Asian business owners.