State visit day 3 held in Bandung, the nation’s second largest metropolitan area with 8.5 million inhabitants. The city is a center for high technology, research and innovation and higher education, fashion and creative industries.
During the train journey from Jakarta to Bandung got the King and Queen and the rest of the delegation a presentation on Indonesia’s economic and political prospects, including issues of environment and climate change were discussed.
During the trip, the train passed the Java’s famous rice terraces. The Indonesia developed terraces of rice paddies have been following in other parts of the world, mainly through the active efforts of the United Nations. Agriculture is Indonesia’s largest food production consisting mainly of rubber, bananas, spices, coffee, coconuts and rice.
Upon arrival at Bandung welcomed the King and Queen of the mayor Ridwan Kamil, who hosted a lunch at the residence.
The afternoon continued at the Institute of Technology Bandung, ITB, which is one of Indonesia’s leading universities. ITB provides technical and scientific applications and has more than 20 000 students.
ITB rector prof. dr. Kadarsah Suryadi welcomed and presented parts of the ITB campus.
King and Queen and Minister Anna Johansson then met representatives of the Alumni Swedia, an alumni association of Indonesian students studying in Sweden.
This was followed by a seminar on the Triple Helix and innovation. There is a lot of interest from the Indonesian side of the Swedish Triple Helix model that will promote research and innovation. The model involves cooperation between government agencies, academia and industry have been instrumental in Sweden today is one of the world’s most innovative countries.
During the seminar exchanged Indonesian and Swedish actors from academia, government and business experience and discussed possible future cooperation deepened.