Task Force Health Care accompanied, together with 15 Dutch Life Sciences & Health organisations, the visit of Minister of State Sybilla Dekker to Indonesia. The delegation consisted of officials, companies, and universities. Minister Dekker took the lead as Minister Bruno Bruins had to withdrew, due to commitments in the Netherlands.
The visit took place between 6 – 9 November in Bali, Surabaya, and Jakarta. Major deliverables from the visit include an MoU on Healthcare between the two countries, a number of MoUs and contracts signed by the trade delegation with their local counterparts, and a plan of action to put the Netherlands on the Indonesian healthcare map.
The visit centered around the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) Ministerial Meeting, held at the Bali Nusa Dua Convention Centre, on 6 – 8 November 2018, hosted by the Government of Indonesia. Key result of this occasion includes the launch of the GHSA 2024 Framework resulting in the Bali Declaration on the Global Health Security Agenda. The Netherlands will be the Chair of GHSA Steering Committee for 2019. Minister Dekker met her Indonesian counterpart, Minister of Health, H. E. Nila Moeloek. During the bilateral meeting, the two Ministers discussed ongoing collaborations in the area of healthcare, before signing an MoU to strengthen mutual cooperation in the healthcare area between the two countries.
Whilst Minister Dekker and her official delegation took part on the GHSA Ministerial Meeting in Bali, the Head of the Economic Department, Hans de Brabander, led the trade delegation in Surabaya. Several activities, such as meetings and discussions with Indonesian stakeholders, were aimed to investigate collaboration opportunities in the Province of East Java. The two days visit in Surabaya started with a kick-off meeting in the morning of 6 November, at the historic Majapahit Hotel in the city centre. Various topics on healthcare were discussed, such as Primary Health and Tuberculosis; Hospital Project Development; Digitalisation and e-Health; Academic Collaboration; and Elderly Care. The delegation also visited the Faculty of Medicine of Airlangga University and its teaching hospital. In Jakarta, the delegation met different groups of Indonesian stakeholders, under similar arrangements.
Source: Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Jl. Rasuna Said Kav. S-3, Kuningan – Jakarta