AIBCnews: Issue 184, November-December 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

Welcome to our final newsletter for 2019, as many prepare for a well-deserved break over the festive season. It has been a busy year for all at AIBC, with great focus on the IA-CEPA, and spreading word about this historic Agreement as far and wide as possible. Our various newsletters through the year, have illustrated just how busy things have been with a multitude of events and initiatives, undertaken on behalf of our Members, and to advance Australia-Indonesia Business relations.

Thank you for your support throughout the year, which enables AIBC to go about its vital work. With another busy year ahead, we encourage those who are not already Members, to join us on our mission, as we rely on a strong and vibrant membership base, in all of our eight Chapters around the country, to sustain us. We’d also encourage our existing Members to spread the word about AIBC, and ensure that AIBC continues to be a vibrant and valuable contributor, servicing all its Members and stakeholders.

With IA-CEPA successfully ratified by the Australian Parliament, indications are that the Indonesian Parliament will also approve the Agreement before the end of the year. As in Australia, this passage through Parliament is a robust process, with many voices being heard. Overall, the Agreement is clearly in the economic interest of both countries, and we look forward to its entry into force and implementation in the first quarter of 2020.  


President Joko Widodo and Prime Minister Scott Morrison together in Jakarta (Photo: Australian Embassy Jakarta/Flickr)


Following Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s attendance at the swearing in of Indonesian President Joko Widodo on October 20 this year in Jakarta, the Indonesian President is planning for a State Visit to Australia sometime in February or March in the new year. This will hopefully be a great platform to launch IA-CEPA, and AIBC is poised to play a key role in business related activity around this visit.  To continue reading the entire November-December 2019 edition of AIBCnews please click here.