At last week’s Indonesia Australia Business Forum, Indonesian VP Jusuf Kalla and Australian PM, the Hon Scott Morrison formally announced the conclusion of negotiations for the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA). Reporting from the event, AIYA National Director of Operations Clarice Campbell explains why the IA-CEPA is a big win for the future of business ties!
In the news
- CAUSINDY 2018 is under way in Makassar! Check out the latest updates by following them on Facebook and Instagram, and watch this space for further highlights and wrap-ups from this year’s conference.
- Australia’s new free trade agreement with Indonesia has opened up pathways for Australian universities to build new campuses in Indonesia, representing another set of opportunities for education providers to facilitate “internationalisation at home”.
- An ethnic Chinese Buddhist woman from North Sumatra, was recently sentenced to 18 months prison for complaining about the volume of the call to prayer at her neighbourhood mosque. Indonesia at Melbourne explores how “conflict entrepreneurs” escalated the complaint to conviction under Indonesia’s Blasphemy Law.
- In an attempt to build on success of hosting the Asian Games, it seems Indonesia will bid for the 2032 Olympics. Meanwhile, the Australia Indonesia Centre (AIC) has gathered up all the good news stories from this year’s Asian Games.
- In the New Mandala series, Perspectives on the Past, Elizabeth Kramer writes about the story of Beryl Constantine, who died in a plane crash during Indonesia’s war for independence, and upon exploration of the incident, questions the history written on her behalf.
On the blog
- The Central Bank of Indonesia recently launched Gerbang Pembayaran Nasional (GPN) or National Payment Gateway. What is it about and what are the benefits of this initiative? Our South Sulawesi Committee President Mentari Rahman explains more about GPN and breaks down the pros and cons (article in Indonesian).
- Kupang, 8 September – Come along to Kupang’s LX, ‘Chit Chat Night’! Held at C&A Food Court from 6pm, check out their Instagram for more details.
- Sydney, 8 September – Come along for a casual nongkrong at Forest Lodge Hotel, and meet the AIYA National committee and Australian Chapter Presidents who are in town for a strategic planning weekend!
- Sydney, 8 September – Enjoy a night of laughter at PPIA USYD’s biggest event, Nusantawa at Seymour Theatre! There will be Darto and Danang, Adjis Doa Ibu & Gilang Gombloh as well as Glenn Fredly to perform. Don’t miss out!
- Bandung, 10 September – Ayo, ikut AIYA Jawa Barat’s social futsal from 6 – 7pm! No prior skills required, check out their Facebook page for more information.
- Sydney, 11 September – Join the Australia Indonesia Business Council (AIBC) NSW and the Australia Indonesia Centre, together with host PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) for a special breakfast briefing and panel discussion entitled ‘Indonesia Now: A Political and Education Sector Update’. Register here.
- Melbourne, 12 September – AIYA Victoria LX! RMIT Building 80, 6pm.
- Yogyakarta, every Tuesday – Are you a keen futsal player, or just interested in making new friends? Come along to AIYA Yogya’s futsal event, every Tuesday 5-7pm at Pro Futsal. Check out their Instagram for more details!
- Melbourne, 14 September – Come along to the world premiere of 7 Bidadari (7 Angels) at this year’s Melbourne Fringe. Shot in Aradale Asylum in Ararat, Victoria, 7 Bidadari is an Indonesian horror-thriller feature film premiering in Melbourne ahead of its Indonesian release later this year. Get your tickets here!
- Canberra, 14-15 September – The theme of this year’s annual Indonesia Update is ‘Contentious belonging: the place of minorities in Indonesia’. Held at Australia National University (ANU), don’t miss out on what is to be a fascinating discussion on the status of minorities throughout Indonesian history. Get your tickets here!
- Jakarta, 15 September – Thinking about studying at the University of Melbourne? Register to attend UniMelb’s September Information Day in Jakarta.
- Bandung, 18 September- Register to attend the University of Melbourne’s September Information Day in Bandung.
- Melbourne & Yogyakarta, 26 September – The third ReelOzInd Australia Indonesia Short Film Festival 2018 is set to premiere on September 26! Click here to reserve your tickets! For a taste of what’s to come, check out the festival trailer.
- Sydney, 27 September – Join SSEAC for the launch of Nurturing Indonesia: Medicine and Decolonisation in the Dutch East Indies (Cambridge University Press), by Hans Pols from 5:30pm. The launch will be followed by a Balinese dance performance and refreshments. Register online here.
- Sydney, 27 September – Attend the AIYA NSW AGM 2018! The 2017-2018 Committee will sum up the year’s progress before elections for the 2018-2019 Executive Committee take place. Watch this space for further details.
- Ubud, 24-28 October – Tickets for the Ubud Writers & Readers Festival are on sale now with speakers including Gillian Triggs, Kamila Andini, Fatima Bhutto, and Richard Oh. Get yours here now!
- Gold Coast, 11-13 November – Save the date for the AIBC Conference 2018: Partnering for Prosperity in a World of Change! Registrations are now open for your chance to mingle with the who’s who of the bilateral business community.
- Join AIYA NTT Kupang! If you’re a young, passionate person based in Kupang and are interested in the Australia-Indonesia relationship, join the Kupang team at their AGM on 21 September. See their Instagram for more details!
- Join AIYA NSW! If you’re keen to play a role in the 2018-2019 AIYA NSW, nominate yourself for one of the following positions and attend their AGM on 27 September. Apply here & follow the facebook event for updates.
- Join AIYA Yogaykarta! If you’re interested in joining the team in Central Java, come along to their AGM on 28 September. Nominate for positions via [email protected], more details to come!
- The Australian phase of Australia-Indonesia Youth Exchange Program (AIYEP) will be hosted in Melbourne and Bendigo in October and November this year which means the program is looking for host families and host organisations in both locations! If you would like to be a host family or a host organisation for one of the lovely 18 Indonesian participants please apply here.
- Our partner at UniAir Cargo is now offering AIYA members in Australia a discount for over 50kg shipments to Indonesia. Contact your local chapter on how you can take advantage of this opportunity!
- Are you a Sydney Uni student commencing Honours on a topic relating to Southeast Asia? SSEAC has five Honours Scholarships available worth $5000 each to help support your research. Applications close 21 September. Find out more here.
- Want to host a pop-up ReelOzInd! Festival screening at your school/university/office or park? Choose any date within the Festival period (26 September-31 December 2018) to hold your event. Any gathering large or small is fabulous! To register, contact: [email protected]
- The Asia Education Foundation in partnership with Footscray City College are hosting an Australia-ASEAN Youth Forum on 24 October & are inviting schools to register one or more team(s) of 6 students (across years 9-11). Registration is free for government school students thanks to Vic Gov’t funding. Find out more here!
- Learning a language? Get Indonesian & English language help with UniBRIDGE Project.