Minister Pandjaitan invites Elon Musk to the 2022 G20 B20 forum


He (Musk) felt that he (the huge potential of the nickel industry in Indonesia) has great promise to become the supplier of raw materials for electric car batteries, which Tesla badly needs as the one of the main manufacturers of electric vehicles.

Jakarta (ANTARA) – Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan has invited Tesla Inc. CEO Elon Musk to attend the G20 Business 20 (B20) 2022 forum in Bali in November 2022.

The invitation was passed on when he met the CEO at the Tesla Giga factory in Texas, US, as posted on his personal Instagram account @luhut.pandjaitan on Tuesday.

“I expect this will not be our last meeting, and there will be more discussions on the progress of developing the nickel industry in Indonesia with advanced technology that can encourage our country to enter the global electric vehicle industry supply chain,” he said.

In the message, the Coordinating Minister said he was warmly welcomed by Musk at the electric car factory.

He said it was the first face-to-face meeting between them, even though they had been communicating for two years.

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“For about an hour, I promoted the (Indonesian) raw material potential for the electric vehicle battery industry which is currently being developed through our minerals downstream program,” he remarked.

He was delighted that Musk expressed interest at the meeting to cooperate with Indonesia regarding the development of the electric vehicle industry.

“He (Musk) felt that he (the huge potential of the nickel industry in Indonesia) has great promise to become the supplier of raw materials for electric car batteries, which Tesla badly needs as a l ‘one of the leading manufacturers of electric vehicles,’ Pandjaitan said.

Additionally, he noted that President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) was scheduled to visit Musk’s aerospace and communications company SpaceX on May 14, 2022, amid the President’s official visit to the United States.

“Musk has promised to adjust his schedule on May 14, 2022, so he can meet President Jokowi in person,” he added.

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