AIBCnews - Issue 167: May 2018

Dear Members and Friends,

We would all have been saddened to learn of the recent terrorist attacks in Surabaya that claimed a number of lives.

We extend our condolences to those affected by these attacks and offer our well wishes to those tasked with reducing and eventually eliminating these threats.

Our Australian and Indonesian security forces enjoy an excellent working relationship and in times such as these that relationship is made even stronger.

Both our Prime Minister and Foreign Minister have made statements condemning the attacks, which can be seen here and here.

Surabaya is of course a key destination for many Australians doing business with Indonesia. Surabaya is Indonesia’s 2nd largest city and capital of the Province of East Java that is Indonesia’s most populous with a population of almost 40 million people.  Surabaya enjoys a fast-growing economy at around 5.5% pa.

East Java is also close to the hearts of many Western Australians particularly through the 26-year-old Sister State relationship which is growing from strength-to-strength.  The tour of the Persebaya Youth Soccer Team to Perth in June to play a WA Youth Team will give this relationship a real boost.

Indeed, the importance of this city and region is reflected in the recent opening of Australia’s Consulate General in Surabaya with former AIBC National President Chris Barnes and WA Government Representative as Consul General.

It is important that as we go about our work and travels in the region to remain calm yet alert.  It is highly recommended to keep informed and updated via Smartraveler, which is the key source of factual data about the events and is a source of the best government advice to Australian travellers and residents when travelling.


Ambassador HE Kristiarto Legowo addresses AIBC Business Breakfast in Perth

AlBC in WA recently hosted Ambassador HE Kristiarto Legowo, on his first official visit to Perth, at a very well supported and attended breakfast event. More on the event can be seen below in the WA Update, and once again this demonstrated the interest in Australia-Indonesia business opportunities, and the warmth between our people and countries.  To continue reading the entire May issue, please click here.