Western Australia’s Indonesian Trade Office Celebrates 25 Years

Western Australia’s Indonesian Trade Office Celebrates 25 Years

Western Australia Minister for Asian Engagement Bill Johnston

25-Year Milestone For Western Australia’s Indonesian Trade Office

Victor P Taffa

  • Western Australian Trade and Investment office in Indonesia celebrates 25th anniversary
  • Trade office focused on opportunities in agriculture, tourism, education, oil and gas 

Western Australia is celebrating a quarter of a century of trade ties with Indonesia this weekend, with the 25th anniversary of its Trade and Investment office in Jakarta.

Trade office was officially opened by the then Prime Minister of Australia Paul Keating in 1992.

It was originally located in Surabaya and was responsible for managing WA’s Sister State relationship with East Java.

“Indonesia is Western Australia’s closest neighbour and we were one of the first Australian States to open an office there to further our cultural and economic relationship.” Minister for Asian Engagement Bill Johnston said.

In 2003, the office moved to the Indonesian capital and now manages the State’s broader relationship with Indonesia.

Trade office expanded to include dedicated agriculture and tourism officers in 2015.

“Indonesia is the State’s largest wheat export market, accounting for 28 % of our total wheat exports, with petroleum another key export commodity.” Mr. Johnston said.

WA’s exports to Indonesia rose 14.9 % in 2015-16, to $1.9 Billion.

Western Australian Government maintains a network of other trade and investment offices in South Korea, China, Japan, Singapore, India, the Middle East, Africa and Europe.