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Australian Indonesia Institute - Annual Report 1999-2000

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COMMERCIAL AND THE PROFESSIONS PROGRAM

The Institute aims to promote professional networking and institutional links and to demonstrate the high quality and diversity of Australian products and services in specified fields.

The promotion of commercial and professional links between Australia and Indonesia was an important element of the Institute's work program in 1999–2000.

High level business mission to Indonesia

In March 2000, the Institute's Chairman, Mr John Reid AO, led a small delegation of senior Australian business people to Indonesia in order to underline the importance of the economic relationship with Indonesia and, thereby, to contribute to the restoration of broader bilateral relations.

The delegation was warmly received by President Wahid and impressed on him the good-will of the Australian business community towards Indonesia and its efforts in tackling the immense challenges on its economic reform agenda.

The Indonesian Coordinating Minister for Economy, Finance and Industry, hosted a productive round-table meeting on the future of the trading relationship and the practical implications of changes in Indonesia's political and economic landscape for Australian business. The Minister for Trade and Industry and the Attorney General also participated in the round-table meeting.

The Australian delegation took the opportunity to raise a number of issues of concern including the need for clarity in regulations for foreign investment and difficulties experienced in Indonesia by Australia's mining sector. The delegation discussed the future direction of the Australia Indonesia commercial relationship with leading Indonesian business figures from the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (KADIN) as well as the President's senior economic policy advisors in the National Business Advisory Council and National Economic Council (NEC).

Visit to Australia—Indonesian economic advisor

In July 2000, the Institute sponsored a visit to Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne and Perth by an influential economic advisor to President Wahid and member of the National Economic Council, Dr Anggito Abimanyu. Dr Anggito had a series of meetings with policy makers, members of the business community and academics to discuss the impact of decentralisation on doing business in Australia as well as to research the Australian model of fiscal decentralisation and Commonwealth–State relations.

Briefings for Australian business

With a view to informing Australian businesses of the rapid changes to Indonesia's operating environment as well as of developments in the bilateral relationship, the Institute initiated a series of briefings for Australian businesses with interests in Indonesia.

The first briefing, hosted by BHP in Melbourne in December 1999, provided a forum for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade to brief Australian businesses on Indonesia and to hear about issues of concern and interest to business. In February, Mr John Reid chaired a similar meeting at the offices of Deacons law firm in Sydney. In April, Deacons hosted an Institute-sponsored business lunch with Indonesia's Ambassador to Australia, HE Arizal Effendi, who spoke about the business climate and investment opportunities in Indonesia.

Clinical pharmacy and therapeutics training program

For three months in late 1999, two Indonesian hospital pharmacists, Dra Yulia Trisna from the Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital in Jakarta and Dra Nun Zairina from Dr Soetomo Hospital in Surabaya, undertook a training program in clinical pharmacy and therapeutics at the Department of Pharmacy, Fremantle Hospital and Health Service, Western Australia. The program was designed by Fremantle Hospital Director of Pharmacy, Richard Plumridge, to promote rational drug management in Indonesian hospitals.

The training program proved to be a valuable method of enhancing the clinical skills of Indonesian pharmacists as well as establishing a model of professional cooperation between Australia and Indonesia through the transfer of knowledge and skills to improve patient-focused care.

International law training

In May 2000, five Indonesian government lawyers were selected by examination to participate in a one-month intensive international law course designed and delivered by Monash University. The Institute sponsored the participation of Ms Tuti Trihastuti from the National Law Development Agency. In addition to course work on international law, law of the sea, legal English, international economic law and treaty law, participants visited Australian courts. In Canberra, the lawyers visited the Attorney-General's Department and met with the Standing Committee on Treaties and the Committee on Foreign Affairs, Trade and Defence.

Questacon exhibition workshop

At the request of Indonesia's Minister for Research and Technology, the Institute sponsored two staff members from the Exhibition Centre for Science and Technology (IPTEK) to participate in an international workshop conducted by Questacon in Canberra in May 2000. The visit renewed links between the two organisations going back to the establishment of IPTEK and the display by IPTEK of a Questacon exhibition on Australian communications technology.

 

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AUSTRALIA INDONESIA INSTITUTE ANNUAL REPORT 1999–2000

Home . Mission statement . Chairman's statement . Board membership . Media program . Youth and education program Arts and sport program . Commercial and the professions program . Civil society program . Administrative overview . Appendix A: Financial statements . Appendix B: Order-in-Council