AIBC News: Issue Number 196 - September to December 2021

Dear Members and Friends,

I am pleased to present this newsletter as the new National President of AIBC and hope that you find it useful and informative.

It is a privilege to be taking on the role of National President of the AIBC at such an important time in the Australia-Indonesia economic and trade relationship.

From AIBC’s perspective, several factors have converged to create a unique opportunity for Australian industry in Indonesia.  With the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), the Government’s recently launched Blueprint for Trade and Investment with Indonesia, and the significant economic reforms taking place within Indonesia, the time is right for Australian industry to take a fresh look at the opportunities on our doorstep.

AIBC has a key role to play in ensuring that Australian industry is well informed and able to connect into these opportunities. In this context, AIBC welcomes the launch of the Australian Government’s Blueprint for Trade and Investment with Indonesia, and its focus on four priority sectors – health and aged care, education and training, agriculture and food, and resources and energy – all areas where Australia has strong capability.

Trade Ministers Tehan and Lutfi meet in Jakarta, Sept 29 2021


AIBC is planning a range of forums to promote the Blueprint and looks forward to engaging with Members on the Blueprint’s focus sectors and opportunities.

In the meantime, our State Chapters across Australia have been active hosting a range of events, providing members with an opportunity to meet face-to-face and to share market insights. This has been complemented by the activities of AIBC’s three sectoral working groups – on Food and Agriculture, Healthcare, and Mining and Energy, - providing members with valuable market intelligence and networks in these sectors.

In October this year, we bid farewell to H.E Ambassador Kristiarto Legowo who completed his term as Indonesia’s Ambassador to Australia. AIBC would like to thank Ambassador Legowo for his valued friendship over the past four years at such an important time in the bilateral relationship.   We wish Ambassador Legowo all the very best in his future endeavours.  We also look forward to welcoming his successor, Dr Siswo Pramono, in the coming months.

As we approach the end of the year, we thank all our Members for their ongoing support, particularly as we look to move on from the challenges of COVID-19.

Finally, on behalf of AIBC, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding contribution of our outgoing National President, Phil Turtle over the past four years.  His leadership, passion and commitment to the AIBC, during such an important time in the Australia Indonesia economic relationship have been instrumental to the success of the organisation in delivering value to its members.  We look forward to Phil’s ongoing and active contribution to AIBC as Immediate Past President on the National Board.

We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our Members a safe and enjoyable festive season.

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