Monday, June 1, 2020

AIBCnews: Issue 188 - May 2020

Dear Members and Friends,

As COVID-19 continues to influence our lives, with less than one month until IA-CEPA enters into force on 5 July, a great deal of activity has been underway in preparations for implementation, and in promoting the Agreement.

Many of you have participated across locations and time zones in recent AIBC Webinars addressing different aspects of the Agreement, together with the challenges and opportunities that have emerged as a consequence of COVID-19. Certainly, there will be a significant focus on digital delivery of a myriad of services, with great potential for collaborations in these areas. Our partners at the Australia-Indonesia Centre recently published this article on “How COVID-19 is accelerating Indonesia’s digital transformation”.

We have been encouraged by the very healthy levels of interest in our own recent events, together with those in which we have participated with others. This groundswell of interest will surely help give IA-CEPA a boost as we progress into implementation, with a number of organisations poised to tap into the various benefits as soon as the flag drops.

Continuing our central role in all things IA-CEPA, and Australia-Indonesia business links more generally, the AIBC is delighted to have been invited to host Trade Minister Birmingham for a very special IA-CEPA launch event on Thu 9 July at 2:30pm AEST (GMT+10), as the first such event after entry into force. This event will be held virtually in conjunction with our partners Austrade, BlueScope, Coca-Cola Amatil, Monash University and Ionize. Registrations for this event will open soon, so please keep an eye out for further notifications.

It is an important time to be involved with AIBC, so as IA-CEPA inches inexorably closer, once again we encourage our Members and new Members to be part of the success of IA-CEPA with us.