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Cablegate: Exim Officials Seek Opportunities to Expand Participation

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STATE PASS TO EXIM

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ECON EFIN ENRG EPET EINV ID
SUBJECT: EXIM OFFICIALS SEEK OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND PARTICIPATION
IN INDONESIA

1. (SBU) During a recent visit to Indonesia, Member of the Board of
Directors of the U.S. Export-Import Bank Diane Farrell and Vice
President Ray Ellis met with bank executives to explore the
possibility of establishing a credit facility. ExIm also met U.S.
and Indonesian business executives Indonesian government officials
to seek opportunities for expanded participation in the Indonesian
power and infrastructure sectors.

Credit Facility Garners Interest
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2. (SBU) Senior officials from five domestic Indonesian banks -
Mandiri, BCA, BNI, Danamon, and the Indonesia ExImbank - expressed
interest in participating in a credit facility with ExIm. Under
this facility, the participating domestic bank will vet local
projects and act as a domestic lender or guarantor. ExIm will then
provide a guarantee to an international lending bank, which will
provide financing for the project through the domestic bank. This
arrangement will facilitate ExIm participation by reducing the
country risk premiums required on non-sovereign loans by Footnote 4
of ExIm's Country Limitation Schedule. Farrell and Ellis also met
with Citibank to discuss the credit facility, although that bank is
unlikely to participate as a local lender. Citibank can play a role
as one of the guaranteed lenders.

3. (SBU) All five Indonesian banks expressed a desire for new
lending opportunities, because they all currently have a surplus of
cash. Sebastian Paredes, the President Director of Danamon Bank,
stated that Indonesian banks' response to the financial crisis a
year ago was to increase cash reserves. However, he said the
resulting surplus of cash was not an optimum situation, either.

ExIm and Electricity Development
--------------------------------

4. (SBU) ExIm also seeks to support U.S. participation in
Indonesia's power sector development. Indonesia plans to add an
additional 10,000 MW of power generation capacity, including about
3,600 MW of geothermal power, much of it through independent power
producers. ExIm participation in the sector has so far been
hampered by the lack of sovereign guarantees for PLN, the
state-owned electricity monopoly. Director of Geothermal Sugiharto
Harsoprayitno and PLN Chairman Alhilal Hamdi stated that the
Presidential decree that will authorize the new 10,000 MW plan will
include an explicit government guarantee for the electricity offtake
contracts. Farrell stated that, depending on how the guarantee is
worded, ExIm may be able to consider it a sovereign guarantee and
offer support for these projects.

5. (U) Ray Ellis has cleared on this cable.

HUME

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