AIBC News: Issue Number 197

Dear AIBC Members and Friends,

I am pleased to present our first newsletter for 2022.

With the opening of our international borders, AIBC was delighted to kick off the year with an online discussion with the Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, the Hon Dan Tehan, who shared his insights about what this means for Australian businesses looking to re-engage with Indonesia.

The Hon Dan Tehan MP
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment


As this year’s host of G20, Indonesia is undergoing transformational change, offering Australian industry opportunities for partnering with Indonesia across a range of industry sectors.

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), provides a platform for Australia to reactivate and deepen trade and investment relations with its nearest neighbour.

“This Agreement will unlock the vast potential of the economic partnership and support a shared recovery”; “The relationship between Indonesia and Australia will be more important than ever” - Josh Frydenburg, February 2022.

The AIBC was pleased to hear Minister Tehan confirm that the relationship between our two countries was a high priority for Australia, highlighting a number of areas for potential collaboration: health, energy, digital technology, food and agriculture as well as logistics and supply chains.

I’m pleased to say that AIBC has a full program of events planned for 2022 – to ensure that our AIBC membership, and Australian industry more broadly, is well informed, and able to connect into these opportunities.

For our next event on 21 March, AIBC is partnering with IABC to host a national webinar entltled “Indonesia: Its time to take a fresh look”, featuring the Australian Ambassador to Indonesia, HE Penny Williams PSM, the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, HE Dr Siswo Pramono and a panel of distinguished speakers (Ms Shinta Kamdani, CEO Sintesa Group & Chair of B20 Indonesia 2022, Paul Bartlett, Director of IA-CEPA (ECP) Katalis, Andrew Ozga, Partner of Ernst & Young). They will share their insights on why now is the time to take a fresh and closer look at Indonesia.

Looking ahead, AIBC will join DFAT in staging a national roadshow of industry events from April through to July this year.  These will be held as hybrid events  focussing on the key industry sectors of agriculture and food, education and training, resources and energy, health and aged care, and the digital economy – all areas where Australian capability aligns well with Indonesia priorities.

AIBC’s State Chapters across the country are also planning a range of events, aimed at providing up-to-date market intelligence and the opportunity to network with members and friends.

AIBC’s Industry Groups (Healthcare; Minerals, Energy and industry Group; Agriculture and Food) have also been active and provide a valuable sectoral focus for our membership and stakeholders.

The AIBC is also pleased to announce that the AIBC National Conference 2022 will be taking place in Darwin this year from 2-4 November.  Please save these dates and we will keep you posted as arrangements for the national conference firm up.

All in all we are in for a busy and exciting year!  We look forward to seeing you at future AIBC events.

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