The Indonesian Embassy becomes a supporter of CAUSINDY!

We are pleased to announce that the Indonesian Embassy has agreed to support the 2013 Conference of Australian and Indonesian Youth (CAUSINDY). The Indonesian Ambassador to Australia, Pak Nadjib Riphat Kesoema, recently met with members of the CAUSINDY organising committee in Canberra.

At this meeting, Pak Nadjib was very supportive of the ideals of the conference, including the role of young people in advancing the bilateral relationship. The Embassy has agreed to provide an Indonesian lunch for delegates at the Indonesian Embassy, which will include traditional entertainment.

We are grateful for the support and friendship of the Indonesian Embassy and look forward to working together to make CAUSINDY 2013 a rewarding experience for everyone involved.

Announcing our keynote speaker: Mr Sid Myer, AM

The CAUSINDY team is thrilled to announce our keynote speaker for the CAUSINDY Gala Dinner, Mr Sidney Myer, AM.

Mr Myer is the Chairman of Asialink, the CEO of the Yulgibar Group of Companies, and a prominent philanthropist. His bio in full can be found on the Confirmed Speakers page:

Mr Myer is a graduate of Monash University in Melbourne, with over 30 years experience in retailing and investment management industries in Australia and overseas. He has built diverse global networks, especially in Asia, across business, government, academia and the arts. He has particularly strong associations with Asia, having lived and worked in Malaysia for over four years in early 1990’s.

As Chief Executive Officer of Yulgilbar Group of Companies, Mr Myer is responsible for the development and management of local and international investment portfolios, agricultural interests in Australia, and the property and business interests within the Group.

Mr Myer is a Director of The Myer Family Company Holdings, a diversified unlisted family investment and wealth management Company; a Director of OC Funds Management, a boutique funds management firm; a Director of the National Portrait Gallery; Chairman of the Zoos Victoria Foundation; Chairman of The Sidney Myer Estate and a Trustee of The Sidney Myer Fund, which funds initiatives across a wide range of social and community projects in Australia and Asia.

Mr Myer retired from the Australia‑Thailand Institute Board after serving two, three-year terms. Mr Myer served as the Chairman of the National Asian Languages and Studies in Schools Ministerial Reference Group advising the Australian Government on Asian languages and literacy teaching in schools from 2009 to 2011.

Sid Myer is married to Fiona and has three children. He is a keen skier, horseman, and golfer and participates in a number of other sports.

Looking beyond ‘Beef, boats, and Bali’

This article by the Indonesia Institute’s Ross Taylor first appeared in The West Australian:

The PM-elect Tony Abbott got off to a good start in building trust and a good working relationship with Indonesia. His telephone conversation last week with Indonesia’s president, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, (SBY) has set the scene for both countries to co-operate in the implementation of the coalition’s ‘turn back the boats’ policy.

Indonesia knows that good relations between our two countries are critical at this time throughout the region, and particularly as both the USA and China are now positioning themselves as the regional superpower.

The danger for Australia’s incoming government however, is that Indonesia has a democratic electoral system as robust as that in Australia, and as Indonesia now heads into its own national pre-election period, a ‘turn back the boats’ policy could easily become a strong point of nationalism in Indonesia used by opposition parties, for domestic political purposes, to portray Australia as the big and arrogant southern neighbour.

And the suggestion by Mr Abbott that Australia would buy old fishing boats and pay village wardens to ‘dob in’ people smugglers is seen by most Indonesians-including senior government officials-as silly and quite offensive to Indonesia.

Mr Abbott will therefore need to handle this matter with great skill and diplomacy because at some stage, if the coalition government desires to build a deeper relationship with this emerging giant of 240 million people situated on our doorstep, the focus will need to move beyond not only the ‘boats’, but also beyond the other two dominant issues that sucks any oxygen out of larger and more significant issues facing our two countries: Beef and Bali.

The term ‘Beef, Boats and Bali’ was coined on the recent ABC ‘Q&A’ program that was filmed live in Jakarta. It was a phrase that did in a way summarise how many Australians see our relationship with Indonesia; a relationship built upon misperceptions, fear and a narrow community mindset that is trapped in a twenty year-old time warp.

The PM-elect and his soon-to-be foreign minister may therefore, as a first step, take a look at a snapshot of how Australians view today’s Indonesia. The recent survey conducted within Australia by our own Department of Foreign Affairs revealed a community perception of Indonesia that is insightful but disturbing in its misunderstanding of our near neighbour:

• 50% see Indonesia as a military threat to Australia.
• 53% see Indonesia as having an undemocratic political system.
• 50% see Indonesia as having laws based on the Islamic code.
• 20% of Australians see Bali as an independent nation,
and the two words most associated with Indonesia were ‘Holidays’ and ‘Muslims’.

Ironically, very few Australians see Indonesia as it really is: the absolute opposite of the above. These misperceptions are often fuelled by politicians who seem only to focus on the ‘three B’s’, and also some sections of our electronic media who appear interested only in the latest Bali holiday disaster.

The second thing that Ms Bishop should consider doing is to attend the inaugural Conference of Australia & Indonesia Youth in Canberra next month. Thirty youth leaders from both countries will attend this event that has the appropriate title, ‘Our turn to decide’. They are right, as these young people can provide our foreign minister with an honest and achievable vision for the future, and some good starting points.

These could include making it easier for our youth to move more freely between our respective shores; to be able to work, holiday and learn without bureaucratic red tape that makes it simply too hard at present for many young people.

We need to look how more young people from Indonesia can undertake temporary work here in the hospitality and tourism sectors, and how young Australians can live and study in Indonesia. In this regard the coalition’s reverse ‘Colombo Plan’ is an excellent initiative.

As part of the review of our foreign aid budget for Indonesia we need to ensure the focus is on how to lift the living standards and education of young people into the 21st century. Indonesia is already number three in the World for Facebook usage and number two for Twitter, yet online banking using smart phone technology is almost non-existent. Their youth are ‘high tech’ savvy, but the country’s internet infrastructure is rundown and outdated. Here is an opportunity for Australia to make a difference.

So whilst the immediate challenge for Mr Abbott and Ms Bishop will be about turning around the boats, there must be a broader agenda to completely review the relationship to move beyond the too often used cliché, of needing, ‘to build closer ties’ because without a coherent plan they indeed become ‘just words’.

The ‘Indonesia Strategy’ as developed by DFAT provides the framework for a substantial upgrading of the bi-lateral relationship. Australia and Indonesia are very different in many respects but we are also natural partners. Therefore the sooner we start to look beyond ‘Beef, Boats and Bali’, the sooner we will genuinely strengthen the relationship, starting by re-focusing on our young people, language skills, technology, and exchange programs. Then business, cultural and educational opportunities will flow to benefit both countries, and the region.

It’s just a matter of whether the new PM and his foreign minister are willing to seriously invest in a new and more vibrant relationship with our close – and very youthful – neighbour.

All the indications are that they will.

Ross Taylor AM is the Chairman of the Indonesia Institute (Inc) and Australia’s 2013 ‘Presidential Friend of Indonesia’.

CAUSINDY welcomes UNSW as a sponsor!

CAUSINDY is proud to announce that the University of New South Wales has joined with CAUSINDY as a sponsor.

UNSW is one of Australia’s leading research and teaching universities and the university’s reputation is based on the strength of its research activities, links with industry and for its strong regional and global engagement.

UNSW offers Indonesian studies and language through its Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as well as a number of Indonesia-focused courses through other Faculties, including Law. UNSW was the first Australian university to accept scholarship students through the Colombo Plan and has welcomed Indonesian students to its campus for more than 60 years.

We warmly welcome UNSW as a sponsor of CAUSINDY 2013.

Welcome aboard, Austrade!

We are pleased to announce that the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade), has become a sponsor of CAUSINDY 2013.

Austrade helps Australian businesses to take advantage of commercial opportunities in Indonesia, helps Australian businesses understand the Indonesian marketplace and has an extremely important role in promoting our education sector in Indonesia. Austrade also promotes Australian investment opportunities to Indonesian investors.

Austrade has undertaken some great work in building person-to-person links with Indonesia. In April this year Austrade held a seminar in Jakarta on entrepreneurial skills with 60 returned Indonesian female alumni of Australian universities. Engaging with returned alumni of Australian universities was a key recommendation in AIYA’s recent submission to the Asian Century White Paper Indonesia Country Strategy. Consequently, we are pleased to see Austrade demonstrating innovation in this area.

Based on Austrade’s strong track record in building connections with Indonesia we are pleased to welcome Austrade again to its partnership with CAUSINDY. We look forward to building a strong relationship into the future.

Interview with the Hon. Dr. Craig Emerson

Earlier this month, CAUSINDY’s Nikkola Pickering-Rodda spoke to the Hon. Dr. Craig Emerson, federal member for Rankin and former Minister for Trade and Competitiveness. Dr. Emerson spoke about the importance of Australia’s relationship with Indonesia. See below for this video’s transcript.

NPR: The Honourable Doctor Craig Emerson MP, Federal Labor Member for Rankin, is exceptionally well placed to speak with CAUSINDY this morning.

A distinguished federal parliamentary and public policy career over the past three decades has seen Dr Emerson at the forefront of the Australian-Indonesian bilateral relationship, beginning with his role as senior economic and environmental advisor to the reforming Hawke-Keating governments, which played such a crucial role in helping to steer Australia towards closer ties with its Asian neighbours and in particular Indonesia.

Dr Emerson has served Australia most recently as Minister for Trade and Competitiveness, Minister for Small Business and the Service Economy, and Shadow Minister for Innovation, Industry, Trade and Tourism. To further his credentials, since 2012 Dr Emerson has played a key role in developing the government’s connections with Asia as Minister assisting the Prime Minister with Asian Century Policy. Dr Emerson it is a pleasure to be here with you this morning.

CE: Thank you, thank you very much for inviting me.

NPR: I’d like to start on the topic of youth. Everyone says that the Australia-Indonesia relationship is important, and they have been saying so for many years. However, the relationship has not yet achieved the strong interest of emphasis anticipated by the Keating government. Why should younger generations care about the relationship, and is there much to be excited about?

CE: There is a lot to be excited about. Indonesia is a country and neighbour on Australia’s doorstep. A country with 245 million people, amongst those 245 million are lots and lots of young people with a very young population. It is true that our friendship could be strengthened even further. Our commercial relationship definitely could. I’ve said before that our relationship is underdone. Young people could certainly take up the campaign for strengthening not only our commercial and economic relations, but also those bonds of friendship that are formed when people get to meet each other, bond through social settings and enjoy each others’ company in social settings.

NPR: Reflecting on the ways in which young people can be engaged, given that the rates of Indonesian language learning in Australia are at an all time low, what substantive policy should we put in place to encourage Indonesian literacy given that the White Paper identified Bahasa Indonesian as a priority language?

CE: One of the priority languages identified were Bahasa, and in doing so we were very conscious of the importance of the relationship and the very fact that Bahasa is not being taught in our schools and universities to the extent that it should be. It’s not actually a difficult language, and it has been a disappointment over the last 20 odd years that there has not been adequate interest. We want to build this into our every day school and university life, really encouraging people to study Bahasa because again it is human nature when you have Australian citizens who can speak Bahasa fluently for it to be appreciated by the Indonesians. This is a big push from the Labor government to spread the teaching of Bahasa through our schools and universities.

NPR: On a personal note, I went to Indonesia in 2010 and spent the year learning the language and culture and it really is a very easy language to learn compared to others.

CE: Yes, that’s right. It’s quite phonetic, hasn’t got hugely complicated grammatical structures. I think that this is going to be one of those relationships where we are on the threshold of history now. This is the relationship we really need to nurture now. We have a really good relationship at the governmental and academic level, but the people to people level is too much associated with Australians going to Bali. As important as that is to the Indonesian economy and to Australian experiences, there’s so much more to see and do. Indonesia has 17,300 islands – Bali is one of them, but there’s a lot more to see and a lot more people to meet.

NPR: I’m from WA originally, and there’s a portion of students there who think that Bali is part of the top of Western Australia.

CE: (laughs) that’s right – I’ve heard stories of people completing their immigration forms when coming back into Australia and where is asks ‘in which country did you spend the most time?’ they write Bali.

NPR: Quite exciting for us was the recent Q&A  special from Jakarta entitled Indonesia: More than Beef, Boats and Bali. Moving beyond the most commonly identified layers of the bilateral relationship, what do you as someone with extensive governmental, public policy and economic experience identify to be the most fundamental strengths in the relationship?

CE: There’s a lot of trust in the relationship, and I think that’s been developed largely over the past 20 years under the current administration Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has very much reached out to Australia and our present government has reached out to Indonesia. The conversations at the highest levels are very easy. There’s a lot of laughter, and we treat each other as friends. My own counterpart, Indonesian Trade Minister Gita Wirjawan, enjoy each others’ company. I think that’s a sign of a mature relationship. That, incidentally, is the sort of relationship we’ve had with the United States for a long period of time. At the top level, it’s all first name basis and friendly banter and then getting down to business. That’s where the Australia-Indonesia relationship is going. With the foreign minister Marty Natalegawa and Gita Wirjawan and of course President Yudhoyono. But of course we need to spread the engagement so that it’s not simply at the political level. Here I think we need to do more with Australian students studying in Indonesia. It may not be for the whole 3 year degree, but it may be a semester or a year that counts towards your degree back in Australia. Not only so you can get exposed to Indonesian ways of thinking, but the broader Indonesian way of life. Young people will never forget that. They will tell their children, they will tell their friends, and that’ll encourage more of that sort of interaction. The White Paper on the Asian Century was written overwhelmingly by a group of us who were economists. But we concluded nevertheless that the strongest gains we can make with our near neighbours are the personal bonds. It’s not through the big mathematical equations, but through reaching out and getting to know each other, enjoying each others’ company. You can do great things out of that.

NPR: I think that came out really strongly in the White Paper, and it’s exciting for us who aren’t involved in the business or government level to see that opening up.

CE: Yeah, and it wasn’t an accident nor the view of one person. The more we looked at it, the more we looked at using our economics training, the more we realised that it’s those personal contacts and relationships and the sense of trust that is built up over time is where we can do more and that’s where the real value is.

NPR: My next question is about trade and economics, ironically. The two way trade between Australia and Indonesia in 2011-12 was $14.9 billion dollars, an increase of 8.3% on the previous year and in line with positive and rapid trend growth. As the Former Trade Minister, what do you count as being the key successes in fostering this recent expansion.

CE: I think it’s in significant part that Indonesia itself is going through a very exciting phase of economic development. Indonesians are demanding quality products and services that Australia is producing. I think the fondness that Indonesians have for Australia helps there, so you’ll get tourism and certainly Australian tourists visiting Indonesia, the academic exchanges and the commercial engagements in accounting and finance, all of those are really important. As Indonesia’s economic development continues to deepen and spread right through Indonesia, you’re going to get more and more of that sort of demand. I hope that I’ve played some role in encouraging or facilitating more trade into Australia. We should never have the view that exports are good and imports are bad. Imports from Indonesia are good, they come here because they are competitive and that means that they are lower cost in many cases than domestic production or from other countries. We don’t have the same relationship that has been the cornerstone of our relationship with China which has been minerals and energy. So you don’t get the vast numbers associated with the trade with China, but we don’t seek to export massive quantities of iron ore or coal to Indonesia, and similarly neither does Indonesia to Australia. So it’s smaller, but it really is concentrating in those areas that I think are very much open for a lot more growth.

NPR: How do you think we can diversify and expand the trade relationship?

CE: In the end I’m a market economist and it won’t be government picking particular industries. But if you get the exchange of people, then the people see the opportunities. Then government can facilitate it through Austrade and may have some ideas. But we’re not a government that gets into central planning and decrees or determines particular industries that should be promoted. The more we have that two-way exchange of people increasingly led by young people, they will suss out the opportunities over time, and then you bring the government forces in behind to encourage that and support it, rather than getting the government  out the front saying ‘why don’t we try these things’. Governments don’t have the commercial exposure to do that. I think the right order is business people coming up with ideas and identifying opportunities, then having government support them.

NPR: We all know the Paul Keating quote: “no country is more important to Australia than Indonesia. If we fail to get this relationship right, and nurture it and develop it, the whole web of our foreign relations is incomplete.” How right was Paul Keating in this assessment of Australian foreign policy? Is it inevitable that we must shift away from the old alliances of the US and the UK and fight our security in Asia through a partner like Indonesia, or is it not necessarily a balancing act?

CE: There’s no real necessity to make choices here. To be friendly with Indonesia doesn’t mean you have to be less friendly with someone else. We’re friendly people. Australian people are friendly people. Paul Keating was right. What’s happened in that period is of course democracy in Indonesia. I think Australian governments try to keep abreast of developments in the parties and the formations of governments. We have a fantastic embassy in Indonesia, which would be among the biggest, staffed with very professional people. The Indonesian side like them because they speak good Bahasa, are respectful and are funny and have a good time with their Indonesian counterparts. That’s the shopfront of our relationship with Indonesia, but behind that are all minsters who very much are very keen to support the nurturing of that relationship.

NPR: I’ve seen a recent photo of one of the young diplomats over there on one of the Indonesian pop singing competitions.

CE: That’d be right – they’re pretty big on singing over there. I might have a career! Not in Australia, but certainly in Indonesia.

NPR: How would you summarise the relationship in three words.

CE: Under-developed, That’s actually one word if you hyphenate it. The gap between the reality and the potential is bigger in our relationship with Indonesia than just about any other country. That gap might be seen to be a disappointment, but I see it as an opportunity. If you can see where you are and where you can be, and there’s a big gap between them, then dive into that gap and close it. I think that’s where we need to be going. It is a bit of a surprise if we reflect on the last 50 years why that gap hasn’t been closed to the extent that it could have, but let’s look forward. Let’s realise that that gap actually represents a fantastic opportunity.

NPR: I really like your positioning of that, it’s very exciting. People can tend to look towards the negative aspects in the relationship, but it doesn’t have to be like that.

In 30 seconds or less, what are some words of advice you would give to our delegates that are going to be at the conference, with the goal of connecting with other young people, building the dialogue and creating new ideas?

CE: My advice would be for this not to be a one off event. As much fun and enjoyment as that will involve, and it will create good memories, I think developing a programme for ongoing interaction is central to this. We’ve been talking about building the relationship, trust and friendship, but you can’t do that at one gathering on one occasion. So the follow up of travelling to each others’ countries and spending some real time there would be what I’m recommending.

Welcome aboard, Austraining!

We are delighted to welcome Austraining International, a specialist project management and international development organisation, as a minor sponsor of CAUSINDY 2013.

Tony Vonthoff, Director of Business Development at Austraining shared, “Supporting the CAUSINDY conference is a great way for us to facilitate relationships between the best and brightest in Australia and Indonesia, and help strengthen youth commitment to the Australia-Indonesia relationship”. Austraining’s key role in education exchange between Australia and Indonesia positions it well to advance the goals of CAUSINDY.

Austraining manage a range of people focussed programs in the areas of volunteering, scholarships and development programs and has a presence in 27 countries, including Indonesia. Austraining has had a strong footprint in Indonesia since 1993 when their wholly owned subsidiary, PT Austraining Nusantara (PTAN), was established in Jakarta. PTAN is an experienced project management organisation and nationally recognised provider of world class training and technical assistance to donor agencies, government and the private sector in Indonesia and beyond. We are pleased to engage with an Australian organisation with a strong Indonesian focus.

Mr Vonthoff also added about the sponsorship partnership with CAUSINDY, “We are proud to be part of this first of its kind initiative and look forward to our ongoing engagement with AIYA and CAUSINDY.” We too look forward to strengthening collaboration with Austraining International, and welcome them to CAUSINDY!

DATE CHANGED: CAUSINDY Information Session, Jakarta, 22 August 7-8.30pmTalk to us in person:

Last minute date change – now being held on Thursday 22nd August, 7-8.30pm

Due to an important meeting with the Embassy, we’ve had to change the info session to Thursday, hope you can still make it!

Find out everything you need to know about CAUSINDY

It’s your chance to ask questions directly to the CAUSINDY team, meet with other potential delegates and find out more about short-listed interview process. We’ll be providing snacks and drinks – so if you’re thinking of applying to become a delegate, come along and find out more about the conference.

All attendees should RSVP to the event by contacting before Friday, the 16th of August. Applicants will receive details of event location upon registration.

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Building the youth relationship: Clare Price

In this new series, we’re speaking to young Australians and Indonesians who have had personal experience in the bilateral relationship. For our first post, we spoke to Clare Price, a young Australian with a background in communications and media.

Do you know someone we should speak to? Let us know through our Facebook or Twitter pages!

What is your background with Indonesia?

Sebenarnya hubungan saya dengan Indonesia terjadi lewat Ibu saya. Dia bekerja sebagai guru bahasa Indonesia sejak saya kecil, dan dari awal ibu menginginkan saya belajar bahasa Indonesia. Saya belajar bahasa Indonesia di SMP dan SMA kemudian di universitas juga. Pertama kali saya ke Indonesia adalah pada saat saya berumur 10 tahun, saya ke Bali dengan ibu saya, dan tentu saja saya jatuh cinta dengan pulau Bali. Ketika saya umur 15 tahun saya mengunjungi Sulewesi Selatan juga.

My mum introduced me to Indonesia. She worked as an Indonesian teacher, and encouraged me to study the language. I studied Indonesian in primary, secondary school, and at university. I visited Indonesia for the first time when I was 10, to Bali, and was blown away. I also visited South Sulawesi at 15.

Your blog gives an amazing snapshot of life in Jakarta – and some of the most interesting are the everyday observations. What were the highlights?

Ada banyak hal sehari-hari di Indonesia yang menarik. Misalnya, kegiatan-kegiatan yang terjadi di setiap tepi jalan di Indonesia yaitu kaki lima yang jual makanan yang eksotik, dan ribuan orang yang habiskan waktu di tepi jalan, nonkrong namanya. Ketika saya tinggal di Jakarta ada seekor penyu yang besar sekali yang tinggal di dalam pasar ikan di ujung gang saya. Penyunya suka makan pepaya. Hal lain yang menarik adalah masyarakat kreatif di Jakarta yang besar, selalu ada eksibisi seni,foto dan band-band lokal yang main juga banyak orang-orang yang ingin berbagi ide-ide serta kreasi dalam dunianya.

In Indonesia, there are so many interesting things happening in everyday life: activities on the side of the road, kaki lima and people sitting and chatting with friends everywhere. In Jakarta, a huge turtle lived in the fish market at the end of my street, I used to feed it papaya. Another interesting aspect of life in Jakarta is the city’s huge creative community – there’s always an art or photography exhibition opening or local band playing.

How do you see people-to-people links between Australia and Indonesia growing?

Hubungannya antara orang Australia dan orang Indonesia akan terus tumbuh di masa depan, sebenarnya pada saat ini hubungannya sudah kuat sekali. Indonesia dan Australia adalah tetangga, dan karena itu, seharusnya bekerja sama dan berbagi pengalaman-pengalaman terkait perdagangan, pembangunan, politik dan pendidikan.

The people-to-people links between Australian and Indonesian will continue grow – building on what’s already been established. Indonesia and Australia are neighbours, and will always have trade, development, politics and education links.
What role do you think aid plays in shaping Indonesia’s perceptions of Australia?

Pasti program bantuan dari Australia akan membentuk persepsi orang Indonesia tentang Australia. Juga hal lain seperti budaya, politik dan olahraga membentuk persepsi tersebut. Apa yang paling penting adalah program bantuan Australia di Indonesia adalah program yang berhasil, yang mengurangi kemiskinan, memperkuat pelayanan-pelayanan kesehatan, membangun sekolah-sekolah di daerah yang terpencil dan menghentikan serta mencegah penyebaran penyakit seperti HIV/AIDS.

Absolutely Australia’s aid program affects Indonesia’s perception of Australia – along with cultural differences, politics, and sport. What’s most important is that Australia’s aid program in Indonesia continues to reduce poverty, strengthen health services, build schools and prevent the spread of diseases such as HIV/AIDS.
Indonesia is developing rapidly: where do you see Australia’s aid program in 10 years’ time?

Mudah-mudahan Indonesia tidak akan memerlukan program bantuan Australia di sepuluh tahun ke depan. Dan saya pikir AusAID pasti punya harapan yang sama. AusAID mau mendukung Pemerintah Indonesia sekarang dengan mengurangi tingkat kemiskinan di seluruh Indonesia, tetapi AusAID juga punya harapan besar bahwa Indonesia menjadi negara yang lebih daripada negara berkembang sehinggah tidak memerlukan program bantuan lagi.

Those working in aid hope to work themselves out of a job! The aid community works with the goal that Indonesia won’t need Australian aid in 10 years. AusAID is willing to support the Indonesian government in its efforts to reduce poverty, but as Indonesia is growing at such a rapid pace, aid wont always be required.

CAUSINDY’s latest sponsor: Corrs Chambers Westgarth

Corrs Chambers Westgarth has recently joined CAUSINDY as a minor sponsor.

We are very excited to have Corrs on board. As a world class law firm committed to driving economic engagement with Asia, Corrs is forging strong partnerships throughout our region.

Corrs has a variety of initiatives to drive such partnerships. Corrs recently joined with ANU to create an Asian Engagement Series designed to equip business executives with the knowledge they need to capitalise on emerging Asian markets. Corrs also has an wide range of partner law firms and international secondment destinations throughout the region, including in Jakarta.

Some readers may also be familiar with John W H Denton who is Partner and Chief Executive Officer at Corrs. John is also one of three Prime Ministerial representatives on the APEC Business Advisory Council and was one of two originating members of the B20, the business reference group of the G20. John was, and remains, a member of the Australian’s government’s advisory board on the development, review and implementation of the “Australia in the Asian Century” White Paper. John has written a number of articles for the Jakarta Globe about the Australia Indonesia relationship and the White Paper. John looks forward to supporting CAUSINDY.

We welcome Corrs and the opportunity to work together to make CAUSINDY 2013 a great success.