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Authorities on trade, education, engineering on Indonesia

Media statement Thursday, August 30, 2012

Authorities on trade, education, engineering lined up on Indonesia

Trade has determined the fortunes of Indonesia since about 800 BC so New Zealand has a lot to catch up with.
To develop New Zealand relationship with the region's other giant, a major forum ( is scheduled for September 28th in Auckland.
"We have a first world free trade agreement with Indonesia and its a great time to pick up on the opportunities being presented by it," said Stuart Walbridge, Chairman of the ASEAN NZ Combined Business Council.

"They want our first world food and beverages, engineering and education services and we want access to the spending power of their rapidly emerging middle classes.

"Indonesia is a natural trade partner for New Zealand, but our business relationships there have been underperforming.

"Major themes of the day will focus on trade, education, and how to access procurement business in Indonesia's infrastructure, engineering and geothermal projects.
The Forum will feature:

* Prime Minister John Key,

* Indonesia's Deputy Minister of Trade Dr Bayu Khrisnamurthi,

* HE Agus Sriyono, Indonesian Ambassador to NZ,

* Sir Graeme Harrison,

* NZ's Trade Commissioner to Indonesia Fiona Acheson, and a strong group of authorities on S E Asia's largest economy.

The ASEAN NZ Combined Business Council is joining Export New Zealand to present the event with strong support from the Indonesian Embassy, NZ's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and NZTE.

"There's tonnes of latent good will in Indonesia for New Zealand as the PM discovered in April on the trade mission he led there, "Mr Walbridge said.

"The PM will provide the government's perspective on relations with Indonesia from that trade mission.

"Two sessions will be devoted to each of the Forum's themes. Other topics to be canvassed include New Zealand aid and business, and importing from Indonesia."

For the full programme go to:


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