In the week of 9 - 13 March 2020 the PIB companies Afvalzorg, AWECT, HYVA, Leapfrog and MetaSus joined the Dutch Economic Mission to Jakarta and Surabaya. Martin van Nieuwenhoven and Jessica Reis Leffers of Rijkswaterstaat provided public sector support. The "Circular/Waste track", headed by Freek van Eijk of Holland Circular Hotspot attracted 30 Dutch companies in the waste, water and circular economy sector. The PIB Team launched the Ecoparks concept with a brochure and a dedicated website: https://www.nlecoparks.com/. Seminars on integrated waste management and well attended matchmaking sessions were followed by a visit to Indonesia's largest landfill Bantar Gebang in Bekasi. AWECT signed an MoU with BinaKarya (persero) on Ecoparks and Afvalzorg signed another MoU with Waste4Change on organic waste processing using black soldier flies. After the visit to the landfill the PIB team met with Mrs. Sigrid Kaag, our Dutch Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation. "Circularity is the way to go in Indonesia!" she told the group. She was pleased to learn about the Ecoparks approach.
After the economic mission, the Dutch delegation made it home safely. Since then, the coronacrisis has prevented the PIB team from following up in person on the opportunities identified. However, contacts are still intense and discussions between Indonesian and Dutch partners continue. As soon as the COVID situation allows it, the PIB team will be traveling to Indonesia again. In order to stay informed, it is recommended to sign up for the LinkedIn Group called "Waste and Circular Economy Netherlands - Indonesia".