Friday, February 23, 2024

Cockburn hosts trade talks with Indonesia

A plan to connect with the Indonesian business community is progressing for WA’s City of Cockburn Council, which recently hosted an online exchange forum.

Council says close to 100 businesses, government representatives and service support organisations from Cockburn, Perth, Indonesia and Singapore took part in the city’s inaugural Cockburn Indonesian Digital Exchange Forum. 

City of Cockburn Mayor, Logan Howlett said opportunity for trade and cultural connections between businesses in Cockburn and those in Indonesia was unlimited.  

“Indonesia is a sizeable and sophisticated market and with the IA-CEPA agreement and synergies across specialist areas of mutual opportunity, the timing is perfect to pursue the Indonesian market,” Mayor Howlett said. 

“The opportunity to do business in Indonesia is now easier than ever, all you need is a conduit to the right conversations and that’s where the Cockburn Indonesian Digital Exchange Forum comes in. 

“The City and its economic development team is doing all it can to foster prosperity for
our community by partnering with State Government, business and not-for-profits to
provide economic opportunities that will result in a vibrant future for Cockburn, its
businesses and residents.” 

The event, held at the AMC Jakovich Centre in partnership with the Indonesian consulate general in Perth, featured a live stream digital exchange between Cockburn businesses,
industry leaders and their Indonesian counterparts in five break-out rooms. 

Council says guest speakers presented across specialist areas of mutual opportunity including the blue economy and defence, health and medical, education and vocational training, digital and cyber security, and agribusiness. 

Local guest speakers represented the Electrical and Communications Association, South Metropolitan Tafe, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry WA, the Australian Medical Association (WA).

Guest speakers from Indonesia included Jemy Confido from the Indonesian Telecommunications & Digital Research Institute, Edi Nopian Mulia from Digiserve, and representatives from the Indonesia Australia Business Council.  

Council says the event builds on the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA), which came into effect on 5 July 2020. 

The IA-CEPA agreement provides a framework for Australia and Indonesia to unlock the potential of a bilateral economic partnership, fostering economic cooperation between businesses, communities and individuals. 

Council says it will next lead a trade delegation to Jakarta and Surabaya in March 2023.

The City is seeking expressions of interest from businesses interested in participating in the delegation at their own cost, to expand their markets in Indonesia. To register your interest in future City business events, email business@cockburn.wa.gov.au.

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