AIBCnews: Issue 183 - October 2019

Dear Members and Friends,

Congratulations to IABC President, Ambassador Hamzah Thayeb, and his team at IABC for hosting a very interesting, enjoyable and successful Conference in Bali last week. The Conference was also an opportunity to celebrate 30 years since the formation of IABC, and reflect upon many of the events and conferences that have taken place over this time, as well as remember the many past Ambassadors and Business Leaders who have served to enhance Australia-Indonesia relations. It was great to see Bapak Moetaryanto Poerwoaminoto AO, the founding father of IABC, and David Sutanto at the Conference, both having been with IABC since its inception, not long before the AIBC was also constituted.

The IABC Conference as always brought together many key people involved in Trade & Investment between our countries, and provided a great platform for the exchange of ideas, and the development and strengthening of many key relationships. Leading the representation from the Australian Government was Assistant Trade and Investment Minister, Hon Mark Coulton MP, who was joined by Western Australia’s Minister for Asian Engagement, Hon Peter Tinley AM MLA, the Northern Territory’s Hon Paul Kirby, Minister for Primary Industry & Resources, and Shadow Federal Trade Minister Madeleine King MP. Along with these Members of Parliament, the Victorian and Queensland Governments also had senior representation, again reinforcing the importance of the relationship at both a Federal and State/Territory level. We look forward to sharing more on this Conference in future editions of our newsletter.


IABC President Hamzah Thayeb joined by Ambassador Gary Quinlan, Deputy Chief of Mission Bpk Derry Aman, IABC Founder “MP” Moetaryanto AO, David Sutanto and IABC Executive Members past and present celebrate 30 Years of IABC


This past month saw the Inauguration of President Jokowi for his second and final 5-year term, and the swearing in of his new Cabinet. This occasion saw our Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, travel to Jakarta to take part in the Inauguration and further signal the closeness and friendship of our countries and the importance of the relationship. Whilst in Jakarta, the Prime Minister focused very much on IA-CEPA and our Trade relationship, and also hosted a well-attended Business Forum at the Jakarta Embassy. The Prime Minister’s speech can be found here.  To continue reading the October edition, please click here.