I spent the second week of April in Indonesia attending a variety of meetings and participating in PT Hatfield Indonesia’s (PTHI) 25th anniversary. The Canadian Ambassador to Indonesia, Donald Bobiash was kind enough to host our event at his official residence in Jakarta. We were also fortunate enough to have the BC Minister of International Trade (Ms Teresa Wat) attend the event along with a good selection of clients and business associates. It was a really nice evening that recognized PT Hatfield Indonesia as one of the longest established Canadian environmental businesses in Indonesia. During the event we stayed in Menteng, a sub-district of Central Jakarta. It is located to the south of Merdeka Square, and roughly bounded by Kebon Sirih Road to the north, a canal to the west, the canal Kali Malang to the south, and the river Ciliwung to the east. Mentang was developed as a residential area in the 1910s for Dutch administrators and other high officials and is a bit of an oasis in central Jakarta with wider streets and more green space than much of the rest of the city (it was great to see significant progress being made with the MRT line in Jakarta, something that is long over due). The rest of my time in Indonesia was spent at our office Bogor where it is always great to see what a successful business it has developed into since we started with just a couple of employees in a house 25 years ago. We now have over 40 employees in a modern, fully equipped office space.
As an aside, I spend my last night at a new hotel called “FM7 Resort” near the Soekarno-Hatta International Airport. The hotel was good value, clean and modern, the only (significant) negative was getting there – it took me almost an hour from the airport toll booth to the hotel because of the appalling roads and crazy traffic that lead through an industrial area that surrounds the airport. Conversely, when I left at 4:00 am the following morning to get my flight, it only took 10 minutes to get to the terminal.