Integrating project implementation knowledge in Indonesia in ongoing operations News

13 September, 2023

Peter Walton, former Director of NSLIC/NSELRED Project (National Support for Local Investment Climates/National Support for Enhancing Local and Regional Economic Development), joined Cowater International staff across our four hubs to explore the impact of NSLIC/NSELRED in supporting local economic development and advancing growth policies in Indonesia.

NSLIC/NSELRED was a $17.3 million CAD project, funded by Global Affairs Canada, which aimed to improve the overall investment climate in Indonesia and build a more competitive private sector.

The project integrated gender equality, governance and climateadaptation across four major areas:

1) Local economic development, with a focus on improving business support services, MSMEs creation and women’s participation in economic activity. Over 5,000 businesses and 71,000 entrepreneurs benefited from project support;

2) Improved business-centered public services, including the creation of a “One Stop Shop” to support local MSMEs;

3) Inter-regional cooperation to foster MSME growth in sectors such as beef, poultry and vegetable production, as well as promotion of rural tourism;

4) Promote innovation in the MSME sector, including development of innovative products in fisheries, agriculture and tourism in 18 Indonesia provinces.

With an extensive and growing project portfolio across Indonesia, including two recent programmes – INKLUSI and KONEKSI – funded by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and managed by Cowater International, we are actively integrating knowledge and experiences captured over 20 years of development presence in Indonesia to deliver better socio-economic opportunities for all Indonesians.

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