Commentary

Finding the cyber connection

Finding the cyber connection

January 8, 2019 By Helen Brown

In August 2018 an MOU was signed between Australia and Indonesia to work together on cyber-security. Such agreements are of course, not legally binding, and some question their relevance. But in cultures that highly value trust, an MOU provides the framework for relationship building. It is up to the two countries to work on that […]

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Booming Growth in South Sulawesi

Booming Growth in South Sulawesi

December 7, 2018 By Harold Mitchell

This week began with a fascinating visit to South Sulawesi and its principal city of Makassar with a population of 1.6 million. As part of Indonesia, South Sulawesi hardly comes on the radar of Australians and that’s a great mistake. Indonesia, which was a Dutch dependency until 1945, has recently had an incredible change in […]

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Bridging a looming digital divide with Indonesia

Bridging a looming digital divide with Indonesia

December 5, 2018 By Helen Brown

Indonesia is quickly becoming the most digitally connected nation in South East Asia. Will Australia’s tech entrepreneurs be a part of this remarkable transformation? On a recent trip to Jakarta I was shown by a friend an app on his smartphone which allowed someone to invest in the sale price of a goat or sheep […]

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Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change

Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change

November 22, 2018 By Andrew Parker

This is an excerpt from Andrew Parker’s keynote address at the Australia Indonesia Business Council Conference 2018 on the Gold Coast, 11 November 2018. The theme “Partnering for prosperity in a world of change” captures the opportunity – and the risks – for Australia and Indonesia. The task for each of us in this room […]

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Indonesia: Human Capital Development in the Digitalization Era

Indonesia: Human Capital Development in the Digitalization Era

November 20, 2018 By Sri Mulyani Indrawati

This is an excerpt from Sri Mulyani’s Public Lecture at Australian National University, Canberra, 5 November 2018. It was originally published on LinkedIn. Digitalization is a new driver to economic growth that can improve the efficiency and the business process productivity. Digital economy is actually has broad meaning. If we are referring to the Asian […]

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“If we don’t get cyber right, we won’t get digital right”: How Australian cyber security firms can be part of Indonesia’s digital economy growth

“If we don’t get cyber right, we won’t get digital right”: How Australian cyber security firms can be part of Indonesia’s digital economy growth

November 9, 2018 By Helen Brown

Indonesia’s economic growth, development challenges, and young population are driving the use of digital technology in a way that is very different to Australia, and in many ways is more disruptive. Regulations are still being formulated and young entrepreneurs are finding new ways to fill market gaps and solve problems. It takes some lateral thinking […]

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Documenting resilience amid disaster

Documenting resilience amid disaster

November 1, 2018 By Melanie Filler & Tim Barretto

Melanie Filler and Tim Barretto are Sydney-based documentary filmmakers who just returned from the tsunami and earthquake devastated region of Central Sulawesi. “We had a sense that our best contribution might be to collaborate through storytelling,” they wrote. This is their story. Watching journalists piece together the first snippets of information about the earthquake and […]

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Four Years of Jokowi – JK’s Economic Policies

Four Years of Jokowi – JK’s Economic Policies

October 31, 2018 By Fithra Faisal Hastiadi

No political pundit had correctly predicted US election results until 2008, when one analyst correctly predicted the winner in 49 of the 50 states for the US presidential elections. He did it again in 2012 when he correctly predicted the winner of all 50 states. Before gaining recognition as a famous political pundit, Nate Silver initially […]

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Building the Golden Generation: Health forum consolidates cross-sector innovation towards critical investment in health and education

Building the Golden Generation: Health forum consolidates cross-sector innovation towards critical investment in health and education

October 24, 2018

The ‘Youth are our Future’ forum in Jakarta yielded new and strengthened links between researchers and NGOs and government agencies, particularly across health and education, whose partnership is vital for translating research into policy. This diverse group shared their commitments and vision for reducing the current and future burden from non-communicable diseases (NCDs). A key […]

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ANU Indonesia Update Recap: Indonesian politics in 2018

ANU Indonesia Update Recap: Indonesian politics in 2018

October 23, 2018 By Helen Brown

To read this piece it’s important to first remember that Indonesia is a democracy. In fact, it is the world’s third largest democracy. This point has to be made clear because more than 70% of Australians do not agree that Indonesia is a democracy, as shown in a recent Lowy Institute Poll. It matters because […]

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