AmCham Indonesia and WeWork hosted a webinar on May 25, to discuss how businesses have survived Covid-19 so far and how to grow further post-pandemic. With the theme “Investment and Growth,” the webinar brought together speakers from the government, the private sector, and investors.
Elizabeth Fuller, the Head of Growth of WeWork in Southeast Asia, highlighted the growth development of WeWork Southeast Asia during the pandemic, and how a workplace still matters in the midst of remote working. She emphasized the importance of flexible workplace arrangements and employee well-being as new trends going forward. As a co-working space company, WeWork supports its members with flexible workplace arrangements, using a hybrid setup and good working communities.
Benni Aguscandra, Head of Department for Investment and Integrated One-Stop Services, the Jakarta government, outlined the Jakarta government’s support to facilitate investments in the capital city. He spoke of key infrastructure to support the economy, and public-private cooperation opportunities for future projects, including the light rail transit (LRT) Pulo Gebang to Joglo route, digital service management at the Jakarta smart city, and the water drinking supply system.
Hansen Hubert, Vice President of Investment, Alpha JWC Ventures, spoke about investment opportunities during the pandemic. He said that as the pandemic hit businesses, customer behavior began to change and bring innovations for start-ups together with home delivery, food ordering systems, and investment. Douglas Ramage, Vice Chair of AmCham Indonesia, continued the discussion with an overview of Indonesia’s good investment climate going forward. He also highlighted some of the improvements in Jakarta Benni mentioned previously, and said the Jakarta government has implemented some meaningful changes to improve the investment climate.
The big takeaway from all speakers was that the right environment, supported by proper infrastructure laid out by the government, has a big impact on business growth going forward and the investment climate as a whole.