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Australia and Indonesia: More than Good Neighbours

Australia and Indonesia: More than Good Neighbours

May 21, 2018 By Greg Earl

  Indonesia is one of Australia’s closest neighbours. But surprisingly the two countries trade and invest very little with each other. It’s time to make the most of geography and work together to prosper. It is 20 years since Indonesia dumped Soeharto’s New Order, but even now, different perceptions about democracy remain central to the challenges […]

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Adopting bilingual education in Indonesia

Adopting bilingual education in Indonesia

May 18, 2018 By Amirullah Abduh

In an international conference held in Jogjakarta 13 July 2017, one participant from Canada asked a question to me: “How do you cope with people from other countries if you are not bilingual?” My response was being a bilingual is at least one of the goals of education right now. People cannot avoid interacting with […]

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Taking the Australia-Indonesia Relationship to the Next Level

Taking the Australia-Indonesia Relationship to the Next Level

May 14, 2018 By Australian Institute of International Affairs

With links between Canberra and Jakarta shifting towards an economic and strategic partnership, it is a time of disruption and opportunity for the relationship. The outcome will help shape the region. Amid the changing dynamics in the Indo-Pacific, many agree that there is the potential to increase economic, social, political and defence links between Australia […]

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Infrastructure conference brings it all together in Surabaya

Infrastructure conference brings it all together in Surabaya

May 10, 2018

The AIC Infrastructure conference has concluded in Surabaya. The two-day event on 8 and 9 May was a great success, bringing our research teams face to face with government and industry representatives to discuss applications and future opportunities for their many collaborative projects. Representatives of all five university partners of The Australia-Indonesia Centre Infrastructure Cluster […]

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‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ and supporting digital startups is good, but what about the small low-tech entrepreneurs

‘Making Indonesia 4.0’ and supporting digital startups is good, but what about the small low-tech entrepreneurs

May 9, 2018 By Julien Hanoteau & Virginie Vial

As Indonesia pushes to create more digital startups and prepares the manufacturing industry to embrace digital technology, authorities should not forget micro-entrepreneurship. These small household-based businesses account for the bulk of firms, employment and GDP in Indonesia. Micro-entrepreneurship provides a productive source of economic welfare for families, especially the poorest. President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) recently […]

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Can Jakarta and Canberra Become Soulmates?

Can Jakarta and Canberra Become Soulmates?

April 23, 2018 By His Excellency General The Hon David Hurley AC DSC

Australia’s relationship with Indonesia needs to go beyond the successful management of incidents. To do this, it’s important to overcome trust deficits, taking steps that will bind rather than simply link the two countries. I hold very firmly to the view that the Indonesia-Australia relationship is critical to the future of both countries, certainly to […]

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Indonesian Media in Brief: Making Indonesia 4.0

Indonesian Media in Brief: Making Indonesia 4.0

April 20, 2018 By Ella Nugraha

   Indonesia is preparing to face the Industrial Revolution 4.0, which revolves around digital economy. President Joko Widodo is optimistic that this is an opportunity for Indonesia to create more jobs and become among the top ten largest economies in the world by 2030. The Indonesian Ministry of Industry has published a roadmap containing ten […]

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Digital economy: Unlocking scalable growth in Australia-Indonesia trade relations

Digital economy: Unlocking scalable growth in Australia-Indonesia trade relations

April 19, 2018 By Ghian Tjandaputra

  Australia and Indonesia are both part of the G20, representing the world’s largest economies, yet there aren’t too many examples where two neighbouring major economies trade as little as Australia and Indonesia. Indonesia is only Australia’s 13th largest two-way trade partner last year, which puts the archipelago behind Hong Kong (12th), Singapore (7th), and […]

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Can Australian business tap into the Asian digital economy?

Can Australian business tap into the Asian digital economy?

April 5, 2018 By Helen Brown

It might surprise Australians to know that one of their nearest Asian neighbours is moving into the ranks of a big world economy. Indonesia is predicted to become the world’s 4th most powerful economy by 2050. What kind of Indonesia this will produce is hard to predict, as the shape of Indonesia’s democracy is still […]

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