Austrade Indonesia-Australia Business Week

18 Nov 2015

Mission to grow commercial partnerships with Indonesia

Building partnerships in trade, investment, education and tourism between Australia and Indonesia is the focus of the largest ever Australian Government business mission to Indonesia for the inaugural Indonesia-Australia Business Week from 17–20 November 2015.

Led by Minister for Trade and Investment, Andrew Robb the mission is part of the Australian Government’s efforts to revitalise and grow commercial relationships between Australia and Indonesia.

Minister for Tourism and International Education, Richard Colbeck will advance partnerships in education and training as well as the tourism sector.

Minister for Health, Aged Care and Sport Sussan Ley and Minister for Immigration and Border Protection Peter Dutton will also participate, along with State Ministers from Queensland and South Australia.

The ministers will be accompanied by more than 360 senior business representatives from industry sectors including:

  • Advanced manufacturing—particularly the automotive aftermarket sector. Indonesia has the largest domestic automotive sales in Southeast Asia.
  • Agriculture and food sustainability—this sector accounts for almost half of Australia’s exports to Indonesia and has grown almost 30 per cent since 2010.
  • Education—Australia is the leading overseas destination for Indonesian students. There are opportunities for stronger partnerships as Indonesia tackles increasing skills shortages in trades, hospitality and management.
  • Healthcare and seniors living—an area of services in which Australia excels.
  • Infrastructure—new roads, airports, ports and mass transit systems will lift Indonesia’s productivity and boost growth.
  • Premium food and beverage—including dairy and processed foods.
  • Resources and energy—potential for new projects in conventional and non-conventional oil and gas exploration, construction and operation; and renewable energy production.
  • Tourism—Indonesia is Australia’s 13th-largest market for inbound tourists and there is potential for growth.

Two-way trade between Indonesia and Australia in goods and services is $16 billion, far smaller than Australia’s trading relationships with other countries in the region.

Indonesia-Australia Business Week aims to address this through promoting commercial partnerships and high-level political and business exchanges. A comprehensive program has been prepared for delegates, including meetings with Indonesian business representatives, industry briefings, roundtables and site visits.

Indonesia-Australia Business Week is coordinated by Austrade and the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Media Contact:

Jim Dickins Tel: + 61 2 9392 2024