CHIEF MINISTER'S VISIT TO INDONESIA
On May 29 and 30, 2017, Chief Minister of Northern Territory (NT), Michael Gunner along with GM Department of Trade, Business Development, Luke Bowen, Chief of Staff Office of the Chief Minister, Alf Leornardi and other delegates paid a courtesy visit to a number of Indonesian Government officials, met Indonesian businessmen, met with CAUSINDY alumni and visited Istiqlal Mosque. Indonesian Consul for Northern Territory, Andre Omer Siregar, was also present to assist in meeting with Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, AM. Fachir; Director General of Foreign Trade of the Ministry of Trade, Oke Nurwan and Director General of International Trade Negotiations of the Ministry of Trade, Iman Pambagyo; as well as meetings with officials of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, namely Special Advisor to the Minister on Environment and Spatial Planning, Satry Nugraha, and Special Advisor to the Minister on Natural Resources Economy.
The meeting with the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed the potential opportunities of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and NT supported by geographical proximity between Indonesia and NT. On the same day, NT Delegation also held a meeting with the Director General of Foreign Trade and the Director General of International Trade Negotiations, Ministry of Trade. The two sides discussed expansion aspects of trade cooperation, including trade and investment in cattle stock and capacity building of cattle industry.
On the following day, Michael Gunner and his delegation meet with the Special Advisor to the Minister of Environment and Spatial and Special Advisor to the Minister on Natural Resources Economy, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources. The meeting discussed the utilization of NT experiences in developing LNG sector, cooperation in the exploration of renewable energy, and the improvement of Indonesian human resources capacity in energy especially for Eastern Indonesia.
In addition to meeting with Indonesian officials, the NT delegation also held meetings with members of the Indonesia Australia Business Council and Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN). The delegates discussed renewable energy technologies as well as initiative to strengthen the trade of livestock, soybeans, fruits, and minerals.
NT is located in the northern part of Australia and positioned as the nearest city in Australia to Indonesia, which takes only 2.5 hours flight to Bali, compared to other major cities in southern Australia, which takes 4 hours flight from Darwin. NT contribution to the Australian national economy is 6.5%. Most of NT's economic growth is sustained by the Natural Resources sector such as LNG, mining and minerals.
In 2016, Indonesia imported around AU$209,590,000 of cattle from Australia via NT, and in the same year, the Australian Government (NT) also provided 4 bulls to East Kalimantan provincial government. The NT government and Indonesian Consulate also supported CAUSINDY (Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth), an Indonesia and Australia youth association aimed at building closer ties between Indonesia and Australia, which was held in Darwin (2015) and in Bali (2016). (ODZ)
Darwin, 31 May 2017
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