Commentary

Indonesia votes 2019: Vice-presidential hopefuls play a straight bat in third debate

Indonesia votes 2019: Vice-presidential hopefuls play a straight bat in third debate

March 20, 2019 By Kevin Evans

It is now one month to polling day! The debate between the vice-presidential candidates was conducted on Sunday 17 March. The debate featured KH Ma’ruf Amin, the 76-year-old running mate of incumbent President Joko Widodo, and Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno the youthful 49-year-old running mate of challenger Prabowo Subianto. Other differences between the two candidates are […]

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Asleep at the Wheel? Australian Economic Engagement with Indonesia

Asleep at the Wheel? Australian Economic Engagement with Indonesia

March 14, 2019 By Andrew Parker

This is an excerpt from Andrew Parker’s address at the Australian Institute of International Affairs Victoria in Melbourne on 12 March 2019. I would like to start out by providing some perspectives on the opportunities and the risks for Australia and Indonesia. I will then talk a bit about Indonesia and our economic relationship and […]

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The time is now, but patience needed for Australian education in Indonesia

The time is now, but patience needed for Australian education in Indonesia

March 12, 2019 By Dr Eugene Sebastian

Now that the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) is signed, Australia’s training sector has an opportunity to build on a small base. Indonesia’s young and expanding population, its geographic proximity and its steady economic trajectory towards the top 10 global economies by 2030 make it a key market for Australia. Indonesia’s need for education […]

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Indonesia Votes 2019: The second debate – of flying unicorns and bio-fueled isolationism

Indonesia Votes 2019: The second debate – of flying unicorns and bio-fueled isolationism

February 19, 2019 By Kevin Evans

  The second presidential debate was held on Sunday night (17 February) featuring just the two presidential candidates, President Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto. The themes of the debate included infrastructure, energy, natural resources, basic foodstuffs, and environment. Unlike the first debate, which was quite “narrated” by the moderators, this time the questions were unknown to […]

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Four key trends and milestones to watch in Indonesia’s economy in 2019

Four key trends and milestones to watch in Indonesia’s economy in 2019

February 18, 2019 By Mohammad Faisal

Despite some external pressures resulting from the US – China trade war, declining commodity prices and weakening demand in the global market, the outlook for the Indonesia’s economy in 2019 remains positive. After growing at approximately 5.1 percent last year, the world’s sixteenth largest economy is estimated to continue to grow at 5.1 percent this […]

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Sri Mulyani: Reflections of a Remarkably Resilient Year

Sri Mulyani: Reflections of a Remarkably Resilient Year

January 29, 2019

As 2018 comes into a close, we reflect how Indonesia’s economy has been remarkably resilient amidst the challenging global economic environment. Indonesia was able to weather the storm better in part due to a national budget that was designed to be agile. This agility helps the government swiftly introduce countercyclical measures, when required, in responding […]

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Indonesia Votes 2019: Presidential debate season kicks off

Indonesia Votes 2019: Presidential debate season kicks off

January 18, 2019 By Kevin Evans

With exactly three months to go before polling day in Indonesia, the first of five debates between contending presidential teams took place on Thursday 17th January evening. The concept of candidate debates in Indonesia has been an evolving but growing part of the electoral process since early in the Reformasi era. Cynics have developed a […]

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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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