Category Archives: Trade

Panel on What the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement means for SA Businesses

The University of Adelaide’s Institute for International Trade, in collaboration with the Australia Indonesia Business Council, invite you to attend a presentation and discussion panel on

What the Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement means for SA Businesses

Date: Tuesday, 9th May 2017

Venue: National Wine Centre, Corner of North Terrace and Hackney Road, Adelaide

Time: 7.30am for an 8am start, with breakfast and discussion concluding at 9.30am

Please CLICK HERE to register your attendance.

As the two largest economies in the region, Australia and Indonesia share interests and a common future. Although bilateral investment between Australia and Indonesia reached
$9.8 billion in 2015, there is still considerable opportunity for Australia to expand its trade, investment and economic cooperation with Indonesia.

The Indonesia-Australia Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement (IA-CEPA) promises to build on existing multilateral and regional agreements, providing the framework needed to support a new era of closer economic engagement between Australia and Indonesia.

  • What do these developments mean for South Australian businesses? 
  • How can businesses benefit from these agreements? 
  • What support is available to help businesses expand into Indonesia, and Asian markets more broadly?

Join leading experts to discuss the next chapter of economic relations between Australia and Indonesia, learn from the firsthand experience of businesses successfully engaged in international trade in the region and find out what this means for South Australian businesses.


  • Professor Christopher Findlay is Executive Director of the Institute for International Trade and Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at The University of Adelaide. Professor Findlay is an economist with expertise in international trade policy and theory, services trade and public policy. He has published extensively on trade liberalisation, Free Trade Agreements and regional integration.
  • Mr Peter Roberts is First Assistant Secretary, Free Trade Agreement Division within the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and a lead negotiator on the IA-CEPA.
  • Mr Steven Baker is Chairman of the SA Branch of the Australia-Indonesia Business Council where he plays a vital leadership and lobbying role in the development of bilateral trade and investment.
  • Additional speakers to be announced.

For event enquiries, please contact Lisa Hunt via email at or on 0421 359 518.

Futher event information can be found via this link.


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CIES – IIT Seminar Series 16 & 17 November 2016

The Centre for International Economic Studies ( at the Institute for International Trade invites you to a Seminar Series held in conjunction with Bogor Agricultural University’s visit to The University of Adelaide as part of a joint research collaboration with the Faculty of the Professions.


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Registration Open : 3rd Indonesia Research Day – 12 August 2016

3rd Indonesia Research Day (IRD) registration is open. Our IRD invites those interested in Indonesia to come along and take part in our research day.

This year, we are honoured to have the Indonesian Ambassador to Australia giving the opening remarks and Prof. Christopher Findlay as our keynote presenter, where he will elaborate on “Trade Service in Indonesia”.

We also have a handful of excellent presenters for our panels. Stay tuned to see their profile in the coming weeks.

Detailed information can be seen in the flyer below. Make sure you book your spot early! RSVP via

IRD event flyer 1.0 copyMap of IRD 2nd - 12 Oct 2015

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The Centre for Global Food and Resources to host a new scholarship to research food trade between South Australia and Indonesia


South Australia is offering a research scholarship to an Indonesian student to undertake a higher degree at the University of Adelaide and our new Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) will host the scholarship recipient.

The scholarship focuses on food production systems and value chains between South Australia and Indonesia. The successful student will be selected in a competitive process from Bogor Agricultural University, and will commence work with GFAR in 2017.

Trade and Investment Minister Martin Hamilton-Smith, who announced the scholarship earlier this week, says, ‘The scholarship builds on the strong relationship between our two leading research institutions and offers opportunities for growth in the food trade between South Australia and Indonesia.’ There is particular interest to work with the Indonesian government on prospective trade of tropical fruit and vegetables from Indonesia to South Australia.

We are also keen to build a value chain and to work with partners in Indonesia on two-way flow of investment between our economies to complement our trade relationship. This scholarship will support this work so we can better understand how the food value chains connect our two regions.Martin Hamilton-Smith, Trade and Investment Minister.

Professor Christopher Findlay, Executive Dean of the Faculty of the Professions at The University of Adelaide, very much welcomes the Minister’s support for this project and for the work of our new Centre for Global Food and Resources.

I look forward to working with government and business in South Australia to share our work on connecting food value chains in our region.Professor Christopher Findlay

Centre for Global Food and Resources (GFAR) is officially launched today

For more information about study at GFAR: please visit this homepage.

*This post was prepared by Dr Lenka Malek, a Postdoctoral Fellow at GFAR. It was originally posted at GFAR website.

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GoLive Discussion Series Highlights – 28 May 2016

Another eventful GoLive Discussion Series was held on Saturday, 28 May 2016. We are deeply thankful to Mr. Ari Indarto Sutjiatmo – Deputy Director of the Directorate for Industrial Resources Access and International Promotion, Ministry of Industry of the Republic of Indonesia – for taking the time to visit Adelaide and share with us on Indonesia’s industry potential. The discussion series was moderated by GoLive Indonesia’s Rida Akzar .


Mr. Ari Indarto Sutjiatmo (left) and Rida Akzar (right)


Thank you for the enthusiasm everyone.

The discussion highlights potential in Indonesian industries, particularly electrical, automotive and food. Mr. Ari underlines great potential for improvement in food, electrical and transportation industry, particularly in providing maintenance and value added services. He adds that managing people would be key to achieving success anywhere. Furthermore, he posits that the biggest challenges for state-owned companies in Indonesia lies on maintaining and running an efficient system.

As someone who loves and enjoys Indonesian culinary and has worked on Indonesian food industry, Mr. Ari dreams of bringing Indonesian dishes to the global stage. During the Q&A sessions, several interesting questions were raised. Firstly, the attendees are mostly curious about the support provided by the Indonesian Government for small and medium enterprises. Secondly, the attendees are curious about Indonesian’s potential export to the world. And lastly, they are wondering on what kind of monitoring and evaluation mechanism is implemented by the Indonesian Government to maintain local standards.


Gracia Girsang (GoLive Project Coordinator – Right) handing GoLive official t-shirt to Mr. Ari Indarto Sutjiatmo (left).

In addition to the discussion, GoLive Indonesia also held a farewell for our very own GoLive co-founder, Dr. Risti Permani, who will embark on a new journey next month. Nasi tumpeng (Indonesian rice cornucopia) was served for lunch and testimonial video from previous GoLive Indonesia enthusiast was played. GoLive Indonesia is lucky to have been part of your journey here in Adelaide. Your guidance, leadership and enthusiasm surely motivates others to contribute towards Indonesia.

GoLive Indonesia will surely miss you here in Adelaide, but we believe that your passion towards working for Indonesia will carry on.


Gracia Girsang – Dr. Risti Permani  – Mr. Ari Indarto Sutjiatmo


Farda Eka (GoLive enthusiast) giving testimonial for Dr. Risti Permani – on video.

Bon voyage Dr. Risti Permani! Looking forward to many more excellent breakthrough and projects on Indonesia.


Dr. Risti Permani and Gracia Girsang


This article is written by Gracia Girsang. Thank you all GoLive enthusiasts for the input, feedback and photos.

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Indonesia’s Experience in the ASEAN context

GoLive Indonesia co-founders Professor Christopher Findlay (University of Adelaide) and Professor Mari Elka Pangestu (University of Indonesia, a former Indonesian Minister of Trade and Minister of Creative Economy) presented their work “The Services Sector as a Driver of Change: Indonesia’s Experience in the ASEAN context” at the 10th Sadli Lecture on Tuesday 12th April 2016 in Jakarta.

Prof. Christopher Findlay (left) and Prof. Mari Elka Pangestu (right) presenting at the 10th Sadli Lecture in Jakarta

The event was hosted by LPEM at the University of Indonesia, Indonesia Project at Australian National University and the ISD (Indonesia Services Dialogue). Annual Sadli lecture series continue to highlight important and local issues using a regional context.

In his opening remarks, Indonesian Trade Minister H.E. Mr Thomas Lembong shared his recent experience of trade negotiations with the European Union and Australia. He highlighted that the negotiations have been focussed on two aspects: i) the services sector; and ii) the digital economy. Any country that has not provided enough attention to the services sector will be left behind.


Indonesian Trade Minister H.E. Mr Thomas Lembong at 10th Sadli Lecture in Jakarta

The Minister nicely summarised that:

The services sector is “the 21st century’s issue.

In his keynote speech, Professor Christopher Findlay summarised that the services sector contributes to Indonesia’s 45% of GDP and 43% of employment. About 60 million people are employed in services, which indicates an increase of 20 million in the last decade. Indonesia exports mainly travel and transport and also imports travel and transport.

Despite its potentials, this sector is under-developed.

Employment is still mostly in unskilled and informal sector such as trade in construction, but growing in other more formal sectors.

Services sector grows with income. Professor Findlay pointed out that services growth is fundamentally about the organisation of production in particular the use of contracting out services.

The services sector is about providing value adding activities by each other.  He also observed that there is an interesting connection with urbanisation.

In regards to its connection with trade, whilst services require contract, technological change improves ‘tradeability’.

Services sector also supports participation in global value chains. In short, Professor Findlay concluded that the services sector contributes to productivity growth and other sector’s competitiveness.

Within the policy context, Professor Mari Elka Pangestu observed that services sector tends to be regulated because of the simultaneity of consumption and production. Moreover, the services sector regulates first mover advantage and market power in order to regulate competition.

According to OECD and World Bank data, Indonesia has a relatively restrictive policy regime in services especially for restrictions on foreign entry and employment of people. In their econometric analysis, Prof Findlay and Prof Pangestu find that the services restrictiveness index explains more of the variation in services that other variables.

Professor Pangestu pointed out that policy in the services sector is complex and difficult to assess. There is also a complex coordination required across agencies and this requires political will. Several steps to develop modern services sector include diversifying the economy and taking the advantage of technological developments; providing source of foreign exchange; and enhancing human capital and providing jobs.

Policy decision making should also improve transparency; generate better policy information; and implement reforms.

As defined by Prof Pangestu:

Quite often bad times lead to good policy and good times lead to bad policy.

A remaining question is how we can contribute to this growth and policy discussion and ensure that the growth and policy development is inclusive?

More details fabout Prof Findlay and Prof Pangestu’s talk can be found from their BIES article.

Written by Dr. Risti Permani, Lecturer, Global Food Studies, University of Adelaide.
GoLive Indonesia would like to thank Dr Risti Permani for her contribution. Photos are courtesy of Dr. Risti Permani.  

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10th Sadli Lecture “The Service Sector as a Driver of Change: Indonesia’s Experience in the ASEAN Context”

LPEM FEB UI , ANU Indonesia Project and ISD presents

The 10th Sadli Lecture and International Services Summit 2016


“The services sector as a driver of change: Indonesia’s experience in the ASEAN context”.


Professor Mari Elka Pangsetu (Universitas Indonesia & CSIS) and

Professor Christopher Findlay (The University of Adelaide)

The event will take place on Tuesday, 12 April 2016 at the Sumba Room, Hotel Borobudur, Jakarta 08.30 – 15.30. Places are limited, RSVP is essential. Details can be found below.



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